stoppers are just plain weird, there's no other name for them.
some of the weirdest in my collection.
Press down the lever on this kind of stopper and its eyes roll back into
its head and an evil looking, pointed, "devil tongue" pops out. Just
exactly what message we're supposed to get from this one no one knows.
"Head In Head" types are the most bizarre of all, I think. Press
the lever down and the hat lifts,
and up comes another, smaller head. Sometimes the smaller head
is fully carved with another face.
Sometimes it's just a wooden bead with a face painted on it.
Another variation is one with a small
bird inside. Collectors call it the "bird brain."
These first two are also Head-in-Heads, but the second one is really neat.
His left eye is covered with a handkerchief for some reason. My late
friend, Bill Kneisel, called these "Dead Eyes." The one on the right
is a gnome that sits on a mushroom perch, and the inside head is the most
well carved one I've seen. The entire stopper, mushroom and all,
can be seen on the "Oldies, Oddies and Favorites" page.
I love "hat flippers" or "two faced" stoppers. The pictures above
aren't 4 different stoppers, but two.
In this model you have two totally different faces carved on opposite
sides of one head. You see only one until you flip the hat back and
forth. With the white hat, the two faces represent a white person
and a Black person. In the big black top hat, you see a brown
eyed person and a blue eyed person.
Others combinations made were, happy/sad, young/old, man/woman, and
there may be more.
Oldies, Oddies, Favorites