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Ventriloquist's doll - Archie Andrews

Archie Andrews

  • Object:

    Ventriloquist's doll

  • Place of origin:

    Coalville (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Palitoy Company Ltd (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    PVC, moulded and painted; wood; felt

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Major Charles Kirke.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Ventriloquist's dummy representing Archie Andrews. The head is of moulded plastic, with a moveable lower jaw operated by metal finger-hook inside the body. The front of the body is moulded and painted to represent a white shirt and black bowtie. The doll's jacket is of grey felt, with 'AA' on the pocket and a large slit at the back. The lower body is a wooden block with a dowel post between it and the head. The arms and legs are padded soft blue plastic. The hands are soft PVC, the trousers are red plastic, the feet are moulded to represent a pair of black shoes.

Place of Origin

Coalville (manufactured)


1955 (made)


Palitoy Company Ltd (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

PVC, moulded and painted; wood; felt

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 35.6 cm

Object history note

Given by Charles Kirke in 1983 [83/1156]. Charles Kirke was born January 26, 1949. His mother worked in the toy department of Marshall & Snelgrove, many of the toys which he donated to us were given to him as Christmas presents between 1954 and 1962.

Historical context note

Archie Andrews was a ventriloquist's dummy used by ventriloquist Peter Brough in a radio and television show in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s.

Descriptive line

ventriloquial of Archie Andrews; Palitoy, 1955, plastic, wood, felt, moulded


PVC; Felt; Wood; Metal


Injection moulding; Painting


Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood; Television

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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