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    Ted Knight's iconic sidekick "Duncan" Davenport ventriloquist dummy from his early career with related vintage photos from the 1950s. (ca. 1950s) Vintage original ventriloquist's dummy constructed by legendary English maker Davenport. Crafted of cast composite head with soft pliable rubber lips and swiveling blue eyes operated by a stick controller with levers for upper lip, lower lip and side to side eyes extending into the hollow of the fiberglass torso, limbs and soft sculpture body, accessed through a hole in the back. With a crepe wool head of hair, applied eyebrows and dressed in meticulous fabric costume down to cast composite shoes and patterned peach bow tie. In the postwar years, Knight became proficient with puppets and ventriloquism, which led to steady work as a television kiddie show host at WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island from 1950-55. Following, Ted moved to Albany, New York working for WROW-TV (now WTEN) from 1955-57 hosting everything from the morning movie to the afternoon children's show. He introduced westerns as a Gabby Hayes-type character "Windy Knight" and cartoons and "Little Rascals" shorts in "Ted Knight and his Clubhouse Gang". The Dummy is accompanied by photographs of Knight with the dummy and working in his children's shows and a 16MM reel of film marked, "Ted Knight Promo". The dummy's accompanied by the original 29 x 16 x 13 in. brown board storage case and additional costume pieces. Exhibiting production wear. In vintage good condition. From the personal collection of Ted Knight.

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    November, 2020
    12th Thursday
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