I love the Ballerina Stopper. This little darling was produced
in several colors, and with two distinct movements. One type "bows"
or wiggles front-to-back, and the other moves side-to-side.
Here are two more so you can see the variety of beautiful decorations.
The one in light blue on the right has a 1926 ANRI sticker on the bottom
of the cork.
The one on the left, I call "Ride'm Cowboy." Twist the peg
and he leans forward and back, and his horse rears up on its hind legs.
In the middle is a double peg model that actually has a name. In
ANRI trade catalogs this one is called "Amor Sport." Manipulating
the pegs causes the man to try to kiss the lady while the lady tries to
avoid his advances. It's really pretty cute, and they will kiss if
the person working the pegs wants them to.
And on the right, from the collection of my dear friend, Punky Barrett,
is a wonderful cowboy with pistols in both hands. He tilts his head
side to side, and raises first one arm, then the other, so that he looks
like he's shooting his guns.
This one (left) is called "Drunkard" in trade catalogs, and depicts a loose-limbed
fellow hanging on to a sign post with one hand, and carrying a jug in the
other. The peg causes him to dip and sway as drunks are prone to
do. The interesting thing about this model is what is printed on
the signpost. The one above is written in German, but I have found
several others that say "Show Me The Way Home," in English. On the
right is another drunk hanging on to a keg while he holds tightly to the
mug of beer in his hand. This one is actually attached to a spring
which makes him very mobile when the peg is moved.
The last twist-peg crosses into another category, so lets go from here