Vintage Charlie Mccarthy Dolls

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2015-06-26 10:31:30

Vintage Charlie Mccarthy Dolls are dolls based on the famous ventriloquist dummy created by Edgar John Bergen, a professional American actor and radio performer.

Brief history and description

The Charlie McCarthy doll was originally crafted by a famous Chicago woodcarver named Theodore Mack, who based the doll on an Irish newspaper boy he once knew. The doll was typically dressed in a tuxedo, top hat and monocle, and was famous for his insulting and witty humour.

Bergen and McCarthy first achieved international fame after appearing on Rudy Vallée's program in 1936, and were considered to be such a success that the duo eventually made regular appearances on The Chase and Sanborn Hour from 1937 to 1956.

Guide for collectors

Charlie McCarthy dolls that were manufactured by Effanbee or sold with an original Charlie McCarthy booklet are considered to be the most rare and valuable. Damaged Charlie McCarthy dolls or dolls that have missing parts are considered to be less valuable among collectors.

Restoration of a vintage Charlie McCarthy doll is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring the doll may decrease its value.

For more information regarding vintage Charlie McCarthy dolls, visit Old Time Radio Catalog's official website.

Value

Sloans & Kenyon in Chevy Chase, Maryland sold a Charlie McCarthey ventriloquist doll by Effanbee consisting of a composition head, hands and feet, a muslin body, and a jointed jaw with a pulling mechanism along with a six-page booklet for $500 in February of 2006.

Concept Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sold a Charlie McCarthy doll along with a Charlie McCarthy booklet and spoon for $325 in April of 2008.

Ken's Antiques and Auction in Adairsville, Georgia sold a Charlie McCarthy doll with a damaged hat for $150 in September of 2008.

Phoebus Auction Gallery in Hampton, Virginia sold a Charlie McCarthy doll with a cloth body and a string missing for $70 in January of 2004.

Bertha's Gallery Auctions in Kirtland, Ohio sold a Charlie McCarthy doll and a Jester doll for $5 in September of 2011.

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