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Open Door Designs also carries a wide variety of vintage/collectible and gently used puppets from around the world. They include hand puppets, rod puppets and marionettes from as early as the 1920's up to the present by makers such as Hazelle, Pelham, Peter Puppet Playthings, Kersa and Steiff. Find a nostalgic gift or a character for your next production. New puppets are always being added. The photos below are to give an idea of our puppet selection and pricing. The selection changes continually. NOTE: Where possible the used/vintage puppets have all been machine or hand washed.

If you have a special puppet for restoration/cleaning including marionette restringing (Pelham, Hazelle, Peter Puppet Playthings and more) we can do it for you. Visit the Puppet Hospital.

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Small selection of Pelham Marionettes collected by Bronson Smith.

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I am also pleased to say that we now have some provenance on these wonderful Czech puppets were brought into the store. They are in mint condition and we now know that they were made after 1948. They were purchased "as old" in the early 1950's.

Radek Licek from the Puppet Museum in Chrudim in the Czech Republic wrote this about these puppets:

"The puppets displayed in your slideshow are small marionettes from a serial production for family theatres. They were manufactured by Mr. Lubor Svorcik (*1911 - ?) from Pardubice, Czechoslovakia.
He obtained a licence for "a production of art puppets" in 1948. He designed and produced the puppets himself, only with a help of his wife until the early 1980´s."

The 23 puppets are about 10" tall and including the controller 24" tall.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Horse Hand Puppet
carved wood, leather, cloth SOLD
Clippo Story Book Workshop
Effanbee, 1930's - $120
These interesting puppets, probably German, are moulded vinyl - 1950-60. The Queen has a new dress. 12-14"h $38ea
This set of puppets are beautifully detailed: heads: wool felt applied to molded paper forms - probably Spanish
'50's?
15"h - heads 4"x4" - $75ea

Pelham Queen Marionette - '1970's - mint condition
$120

Manufacturer unknown - '50's
used condition - $32
Kersa Policeman with a Louisville Safety Council pin. - excellent condition - $42
SSOLD

Pelham Marionette

"Perky"

Mint - w box

$90

 

Griffon
Molded Latex

$46
10" x10"

 
Marionette - 18" - late 40's early 50's? carved wood - $180.00
(I had to make her new boots)
German/Swiss Owl hand puppet- carved head, fur trim, some pen marks on felt - $38
Papier mache heads - ~ 5" high - $35ea
Dick Tracy hand puppet - 1961 - $45.00
Published by Ray daSilva - 1970 - new - $28.00
Rajasthani Marionette - $85

Princess Winter Spring Summer Fall from Howdy Doody.
Peter Puppet Playthings, 50's - $95.00

Mother Dragon
Pelham Marionettes, 70's
with box $120.00

 Small selection of vintage Turkish Shadow Puppets
$28.00ea


 
Pelham Jumpette
Mouseketeer, '70's
with box/$45.00
Pinocchio
Peter Puppet Playthings, '50's
$75.00
 

These two "talking" Hazelle Marionettes, mint condition, Sagebrush Sal (#406) (1950) and Buckeroo Bill (#405) (1950);

Panda
'50'S, JAPAN,
SOLD

FIDO
Pelham "Vent" Puppet, 1960s
Repaired: $80.00

Fairy Marionette
French, 1950's
SOLD

Hand Puppet (who is she?)
15" - 30's-40's?SOLD

Trio - Handmade puppets
70'S, 80'S? 17"h - mint condition
$25ea - trio for $70

Wayang Golek - rod puppet
Indonesia - 18" w stand
$25

Hey Man!
12" - $35
SOLD

Talentoy Policeman
Late 40's - 15"
Lead Hands -
SOLD

Captain Hook
Peter Puppet Playthings
50's, restored;
SOLD

Pelham
"Brains" from Thunderbirds
restrung; 1990's; $95
March Hare
Peter Puppet Playthings
restored;
SOLD

 

Vintage, handmade felt Cowboy with Specs
'70's? $38
SOLD
Pelham SM Boy
70's - Talker - $95
SOLD
Pelham Horse
1957-61
Condition: Used - SOLD

Wolf in Granny's Clothing
Marionette, French

Damage to head, not visible - SOLD

Donald Duck
Gund marionette, 50's-60's
Used condition - $45

'50s Blinky Eye Plastic Puppet Head
$5

Chinese Rod Puppet
Date? - SOLD
Chinese Rod Puppet
Date? - SOLD
Zebra "Cone" Puppet
Carved wood head, painted
Date? $60
"Hans" Marionette
American - '50's?
wood, composite head,felt
Puppet: 24" - 54" Strung
$180.00

Hand Puppet made from tin toy
9"
$35
Hand Puppet
10"
SOLD
 
First Nations Marionette
American, '50's, 24" - 45" strung
Papier Mache head, soft body, linen
$180


Kunstler Hand Puppets
Molded felt, Hand stitched faces
East German - '60's-70' - 17"
SOLD

 
Hand puppets
Japanese,'50's-60's
12" - Mint condition
SOLD
These Childcraft Puppets are all marked 1988 and are $22.00 each. 6" - 8"
   

Hazelle Marionette
#806 - 1950
Mint - $75.00

Hazelle Marionette
#? - 1950
Mint - $75.00

Mexican Marionette
Witch - '50s-'60s
$55

Pelham Marionette
Pirate: Talking
'70's - $80.00

Chinese Marionette
'50's-60's
$30
Chinese Tiger
Wooden Push Puppet
$28
Angel
Vintage Hazelle Marionette
1961-69
$75
Princess
(butter wouldn't melt in her mouth!)
Hand Puppet - vinyl head
German '50's
SOLD
"Egg Carton" puppet heads - mint $10ea
This charming japanese puppet Y-DO-I imported by Cole-Ackerman Co. of Cleveland Ohio is beautifully made
I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows anything about this puppet.

Hazelle Talking Marionettes

Pete the Pirate
#409
1950

Rosita the Gypsy
#410
1950-1953

near mint condition
restrung
SOLD

   

large hand puppet - eastern european(?)
wood carved head and hands
20" x 20" age and origins unknown - $85

SOLD

German
hand puppet,
painted composite
wood,
14.5"
Sold

American, 30's-40's?
hand puppets, clown (Sold), friar(?), big bad wolf
molded papier mache,
wood, 20"
SOLD

Marionette
New Orleans, contemporary
carved, painted wood
18"
sold

Rajasthani Puppet - This puppet flips: male one side female the other. Carved, painted wood and textile. 20"
SOLD

wajang golek
rod puppet, thailand(?), 24"
Sold
 wajang golek
rod puppet, thailand(?), 29"
Sold
 
Bozo the Clown
'60's - $30

Kersa Puppets
'50's, $30-45

Monkey, Dumbo by Gund: $40, $45
Ostrich (20"h)
Cascade Toys $40

Minky Hand Puppet
8" x 9"
SOLD

Clarabelle
Mexican. 16"
SOLD

We have acquired a few of these jointed carboard characters. If you know anything about them we would appreciate hearing. 4"- 6" $5.00ea
Pelham - Cinderella w/box
early 70's Excellent condition
$120.00
Pinocchio Hand Puppet
Hand carved wooden head
12" x 8"
$28
Curtis Craft
Emily Ann
Marionette, 50's?
14"
SOLD

Erispiel Hand Puppet
60's-70's, 12"
SOLD

Kaspar
16"
Full Body - Hand Painted Wooden head
$45

Princess?
Papier Mache
"Stage" Hand Puppet
18"
SOLD

Ancient Mariner?
Papier Mache
"Stage" Hand Puppet
18"
SOLD

Big Bad Wolf
Pelham Marionette
1963
(no box)
15"
Restrung: Sold

Punching Puppets
(
we have a selection of these including: The Fighting Nun, Skeleton, Kangaroo, Alien and Devil)
12", 1995, $10ea

Plague Doctor?
Papier Mache
"Stage" Hand Puppet
20"
$95
Blue Fairy
Pelham Marionette
'60's
(no box - dress torn at back)
15"
Restrung: $65
Teddy Bear Hand Puppet
Wool Felt and Mohair
'50's, 9"
SOLD
 
 

Megabloks Ice Dragon so cool...his eyes light up and he roars
Used: $28

Very sweet hand carved marionette
15"
SOLD
My Duck - I'm a Puppet
Has squeaker and rod to turn head. With Original Box
Vintage: Made in Korea
by Crown Corp. 1984
SOLD
Very odd version of Bert
Vintage: $20

Snoopy
1968
Vintage: $20

Chinese (??) Child Hand/rod puppet
13"
Vintage: $28

 


Cookie Monster & Oscar the Grouch

Hand Puppets - Late 70's early80's

 
Artiste: French hand puppet. 1950's-60's?
SOLD
Hazelle Clown Marionette
circa 1959
12"
Vintage: $45
Pelham Junior Control "Father"
1950-60
10"
SOLD

Both have a ring to pull on that closes their hands
Vintage: $45ea

 

Orlando style knight
20"
Vintage: $75

Hazelle Marionette
"Sally"
(No.812)
1954-62
SOLD

Mexican Clown Marionette
15"
1960's
SOLD
 

Japanese - Pre-war
$25

Lamb, Elephant & Monkey
Character Novelty Company

'50's, $40ea
Rootie Kazootie, Howdy Doody, Pluto & Donald Duck
'50's, $25-$50
Mrs. Punch
'78 $30

Snap, Campbell Soup Kid, Mr. Fox, Redi-Whip Kid
late 40's early 50's
, $75 ea

Erispiel Puppets
new, $18 ea
Papier Mache from Guatemala
SOLD
Texas Sock Dude $20
SOLD
Mexican Marionettes $40 - $50
Charlie Horse, Porky Pig,Raggedy Anne and Andy
& Lambchop
$25 - $50

 

 

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