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This is for a vintage and original 1959 Curly Howard hand puppet from The Three Stooges. This is for Curly only.
Puppet measures 9" tall by 8" wide from arm to arm. Head is molded vinyl, 2 1/2" x 3" tall. The body is silkscreened cotton twill. Curly has his name emblazoned across his chest. He's wearingdiamond patterned "trunks" with suspenders and boxing gloves for hands. Nice detail, no fading, still vivid. There is no maker's mark. Research leads me to believe the manufacturer was Ideal Toy Corp.
There is some soiling of his cloth body that is too faintto see in a photo, around the neck. A seam has a small split on his right arm about 1/2" long, see picture #3 for detail. This seam was repaired at one time. You can see red thread where the repair was made. Since it is along the seam, it can be fixed without any trouble (leaving this for buyer). His cloth body is a bright teal color.
The head has some surface dirton it but the plastic remains supple, with no cracking, discoloration,or warping. His painted eyes, hair, and lips are still vibrant. Note there are a few dots of hair paint loss on the puppet's scalp, refer to picture #2. Cheeks have a rosy glow.
All in all, Curlymakes for avery nicepiece of Americana. His character is indelibly marked into our collective memories as the stooge who was a self-proclaimed "victim of soicumstance."
(I have only the one puppet out of the set. For more information regarding The Three Stooges toy merchandising history, reference "The Three Stooges Scrapbook" by J. Lenburg.)
Shipping is $8.75 Priority Mail from a smoke-free home. Overseas shipping is $13.95 to the UK, Australia, or Canada. Please contact me if you live in another part of the world than these and I will get you an estimate. Payment within 3 days of sale's end is greatly appreciated. Returns accepted within 3 days of receipt of item. Refund given as Money Backminus original shipping cost.
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