There are many kinds of twist-peg stoppers, and even some that crossover
into categories, like the "Drinker" on the far right. The one on
the far left is one I call "The Suitor." He bows while taking off
his hat, presenting his bouquet of flowers. This dapper guy is sporting
a raggedy hat made of paper so I know he's an early model. Paper
was easily torn so was quickly replaced with wood. The two stoppers
in the middle are called "Knocked Out," depicting a man 'too drunk' to
make it home. Twisting the peg causes the man to sway back and forth.
The men rest on road markers. The number of kilometers (Km.) varies
from stopper to stopper.
This one actually has a title, "Tipple-Tipple," and I actually found
it in it's original box. The box has the word "depose," and the item
number, No. 60138. The ANRI Trademark on the box is from 1926.
This is a very rare twist-peg (and very expensive since I got into a bidding
war for it) called "Buon Giorno." In one position the woman holds
a shoe over her head, while a man (her drunken husband?) peeks from behind
the door. When the peg is twisted the man ducks behind the door just
in time to avoid being hit on the head by her shoe. This has become
the stopper most coveted by collectors, and winning bids at online auctions
sites have gone higher than $800.