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Marionette - Hansel


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1976 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pelham Puppets Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, plastic, metal and string

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the manufacturer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 2

Physical description

Marionette, 'Hansel' of the children's story 'Hansel and Gretel'. Hollow cast composition (or plastic) head, wooden limbs and body and painted facial features. Hansel has a painted pink head, arms and upper legs, pink plastic hands, yellow nylon wig, green painted lower legs and black painted feet. The puppet has metal jointing at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees and ankles. He is dressed in a blue and white shirt, pale green trousers, red felt braces.

The control consists of two wooden bars pinned together at the centre so that they can be opened to form a cross. The heads are controlled by two strings, one to each side; the hands by two red strings one to each hand, the legs by two blue strings one to each knee. There is also a single yellow string to the centre back. There are appropriately coloured washers over the string hooks on the control. These prevent the strings coming off but also allow their removal in case they got tangled.

The puppet is housed in a yellow and white cardboard box which has instructions for removing and replacing the puppet and for making it walk The outer window sleeve is also of yellow card and decorated with drawings of various characters.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1976 (manufactured)


Pelham Puppets Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, plastic, metal and string

Marks and inscriptions

bar of control is stamped:


Height: 30.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Pelham Puppets Ltd, England 1976

Descriptive line

Painted wooden Marionette puppet of Hansel, from Grimms' 'Hansel and Gretel', made by Pelham Puppets Ltd. in 1976

Labels and date

Hansel, Gretel and Witch marionettes, 1976
These are characters from a Brothers Grimm fairytale. The witch wanted to cook and eat the children, but she ended up in the oven instead! Made by Pelham Puppets in England. []


Wood; Plastic; Metal; String; Material


Carving; Painting; Technique

Subjects depicted

Children; Boys


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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