Learn about Pelham Puppets

Pelham Puppets, originally named Wonky Toys Ltd., was founded in 1947 in Marlborough, England by Robert (Bob) Pelham. They originally made small wooden toys and marionettes, but acquired the rights to make Disney character puppets in 1953. Pinocchio was one of the most popular characters. There were also many versions of Mickey Mouse made over the years, making examples comparatively common as well. A fire in 1961 resulted in the factory being rebuilt and at the same time the product range was reorganised. Some old lines were dropped and new ranges introduced. Bob Pelham died in 1980, and business was continued by his wife until 1985 when it was sold. After several more ownership changes, the company went into liquidation in 1993. The company was revived by a former employee in 2008, and it now produces a number of the old designs as well as new creations. Early puppets generally tend to be rarer and more desirable, but some of the later puppets are the rarest as fewer were made. Condition is critical as many were produced, collectors will only pay high prices for exceptionally rare characters or for those in the best condition, preferably with a box.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

Six Pelham puppets, including number 575 clown and 582 Gypsey woman, boxed; and four unboxed puppets with a Supply of Replacement string material (VG-E boxes F-G)

A Pelham Puppets 'Pinocchio' automaton, English, early 20th century, together with a fabric lined theatre and extra puppets. 54 cm high x 35 cm wide x 26 cm deep

Pelham Puppet Electronic Theatre, including clown, dog, donkey and foal, made in England and used for shop display, modified U.K plug, untested (VG)

Four Pelham puppets, including boxed Yogi Bear; boxed Big Ears, and unboxed Donald duck and Goofy (VG-E boxes G-VG) (4)

Two Pelham puppets, including skeleton and Golly (E boxes G) (2)

Two Pelham puppets, including collectors series Donald duck and Goofy (E-M boxes F- G) (2)

Boxed Pelham puppet 'Witch.' in original box. Height 37 cm

Three Pelham puppets, including Walt Disneys Davy Crockett; Professor Popkiss from the TV series Mike Mercury; and Humpty Dumpty (G-E boxes VG-E) (3)

Four puppets, including Lamont (Melbourne, Australia), Freddie; boxed Mctavish in Wilhelmina box; boxed with no lid Chinaman; and boxed Pelham puppet boy (F-E boxes VG-E) (4)

Three Pelham Thunderbirds puppets, including Brains; lady Penelope; and Parker (E boxes F-E) (3)

Full set of four Pelham Thunderbirds Supermarionettes, including Scott; Alan; Virgil; and the hood (M boxes E) (4)

Three Pelham puppets, including SL7 Pinocchio; SM10 Pirate; and SL20 Wizard, all boxed (E boxes F-G) (3)

Three Pelham puppets Noddy related, including Noddy; Big ears and Policeman, all boxed (VG-M boxes G-VG) (3)

Two Pelham puppets, including SL21 Wolf and SL11 red riding hood (M boxes P-VG) (2)

Pelham puppet large scale Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Marionettes painted features, smiling mouths, white gloves, yellow shoes, Mickey in blue felt shirt with white collar and two white buttons, red cotton shorts; Minnie in pink and white spotted skirt w

Group of three Gerry Anderson related Pelham puppets all English, circa early 1960s, including Professor Popkiss from 'Supercar', Sl type, in illustrated yellow box ; Dr beaker from 'Supercar', circa early 1960s, Sl type, in illustrated yellow box ; and St

Pelham puppets Pluto figure, with original instructions and box. Length 22 cm

An Old English Pelham 'Macboozle' puppet with original box and instructions, box length 33 cm

An Old English Pelham standard clown puppet with original box and instructions, box length 33 cm

An Old English Pelham skeleton puppet with original box and instructions, box length 56 cm

An Old English Pelham 'Col Beetroot' puppet with original box and instructions, box length 33 cm

An Old English Pelham Policeman puppet with original box and instructions, box length 33 cm

An Old English Pelham Witch puppet with original box and instructions, box length 33 cm

An Old English Pelham 'Macboozle' puppet with original box and instructions, box length 33 cm

Pelham puppet of Mike mercury from Gerry Anderson Tv series Supercar English, circa early 1960s, Sl type in illustrated yellow box 30 cm high

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