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Topic: I.D. this American figure please?
Message: Posted by: John Chapman (Nov 11, 2010 02:53PM)
Hi all,

This is on my local auction site:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Antiques-collectables/Other/auction-330855568.htm

Any ideas who made him?

Cheers, John
Message: Posted by: Mr. Pitts (Nov 11, 2010 03:06PM)
I think that's a Maher figure made by Clinton Detweiler, or possibly Lovik.
Message: Posted by: Carl Mustaine (Nov 11, 2010 04:07PM)
If you email Clinton with the link, he may take be kind enough to take a look for you.

I saw my figure on ebay, and it was listed as a Detweiler pro figure, so I emailed Clinton to ask him. He very kindly got back to me (very quickly, I might add!) and identified that the figure was indeed one of his from around 1972, and that his clothes and paint looked original, but he had been rewigged!

To be honest, I was quite amazed at how much information I recieved as Clinton must have worked on hundreds of figures!

I guess the living mouth may help narrow down the maker a bit - I don't think that there were that many US makers using this method.

Can you get any pictures of the headstick? You would be surprised how much this can help ID a figure (especially if it is signed!)

Regards

Carl
Message: Posted by: Servante (Nov 11, 2010 11:03PM)
Clinton didn't make living mouth figures himself. They were Lovik figures that were sold through Maher. In fact, I've got one in my collection myself (though I changed the "living mouth" to a standard slot mouth).

Though I've not seen that exact figure before, the "living mouth" is pretty characteristic.

-Philip
Message: Posted by: Carl Mustaine (Nov 13, 2010 12:22PM)
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On 2010-11-12 00:03, Servante wrote:
Clinton didn't make living mouth figures himself. They were Lovik figures that were sold through Maher. In fact, I've got one in my collection myself (though I changed the "living mouth" to a standard slot mouth).
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Philip, you are right, but Clinton still seems able to identify anything from the Maher/Lovik history!

I still think it might be worth emailing Clinton.

On a different note, can anyone name any other US "living mouth" style makers? I would be interested to see other examples. I think these figures often look more "human" like!

Regards

Carl
Message: Posted by: John Chapman (Nov 13, 2010 01:05PM)
Thanks for the replies. Seller has confirmed it's a Lovik figure.