Campanologist marionette, by D'Albert

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Date:1930 - 1950 (c.)

Description:Wooden figure with black curly hair, glass eyes and teeth. wears green trousers, tartan top and green bow. Puppet is holding two handbells. Made by D'Albert.

Ernest Mortimer (1896-1966) was a ventriloquist, conjuror and puppetteer who adopted the stage name 'D'Albert the Royal Entertainer' after World War 1. His Punch and Judy booth became a fixture at Morecambe, Lancashire from 1923 to 1941.

He was heavily influenced by early Walt Disney animations in the 1930s and 1940s and made marionettes for his versions of Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

D'Albert finally retired from performing in 1958. Many of the D'Albert Marionettes now form part of the Hayward Puppet Collection, now part of the Staffordshire County Museum collection.

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Image courtesy of: Mr Douglas Haywood

Donor ref:2007.022.0295 (37/26748)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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