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Puppet Restore and Puppet Repair

"Received the Clown puppet today and am extremely pleased! Could not believe that you matched the costume so well. Just love it and the hair is great!. Everything is just perfect. We have really enjoyed dealing with you and sorry we do not have anymore puppets. Your work is super. Thanks so much."  -Shirley W.

The Fratello Marionettes specializes in repairing and restoring the following types of puppets:

  • Marionettes
  • Rod Puppets
  • Hand Puppets
  • Mouth / Arm Puppets
  • Pelham Puppets
  • Pelham Puppet Display Units

Restoration and Re-Stringing Rates

Rates for re-stringing and minor restoration work are available below. Please e-mail Kevin Menegus for pricing on multiple puppets or on major restoration projects.




Marionette Re-Stringing up to 12 inches tall:

    Includes:
  • 25lb. Black marionette string
  • Painted surfaces cleaning (if necessary)
  • Minor repairs and tuning
Fee Shipping
USA $60.00 $15.00 UPS/USPS
Abroad $60.00 $25.00 USPS

Marionette Re-Stringing 12 inches and taller:

    Includes:
  • 25lb. Black marionette string
  • Painted surfaces cleaning (if necessary)
  • Minor repairs and tuning
Fee Shipping
USA $80.00 $20.00 UPS/USPS
Abroad $80.00 $30.00 USPS

Instructions:

  1. Please send puppet and payment in U.S. Funds (check, cash, money order) to:
           Kevin Menegus
           696 San Ramon Valley Blvd Suite 200
           Danville, CA 94526
  2. Please include your return shipping address.

  • This is how NOT to send puppets:
This is how NOT to send puppets (541kb)
  • Please pack puppets carefully with bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Any damage caused by improper packing will NOT be included in the standard quoted restoration services.


Puppet Valuation - What is my puppet worth?

  1. Complete Valuation Form (click link below)
  2. E-Mail pictures of your puppets after filling out the form to pelpup1@msn.com


  3.   Valuation Form  

Samples of Workmanship


Pelham Puppet 1963 Mother Dragon - Before and After Photos

This 1963 Mother Dragon made by the Pelham Puppets company of England was in desperate need of some TLC. There was a thick coat of soot over the whole marionette. All the parts were carefully removed, thoroughly cleaned, and reassembled with new cording. Finally the puppet was restrung with black braided professional marionette string.
"I want to thank you for doing such a great job on my Mother Dragon puppet, and in such a timely manner. It is nice to have her on display looking like new again."   -Debbie
Before Restored
Mother Dragon - Before (541kb) Mother Dragon - After (560kb)

"Kid with a new toy... this was my favorite Pelham Puppet when I was a kid... my dear brother Jeremy had it restored for me ... best Xmas present ever!!!."
Before Finished painted head Restored
Mother Dragon - Before (598kb) Mother Dragon - Finished painted head (617kb) Mother Dragon - Restored (737kb)


Pelham Puppet Snake Charmer- Before and After Photos

This rare first edition of the Snake Charmer was created by the Pelham Puppets company of England. His clothes were removed and pressed. All painted parts were cleaned, and finally he was re-strung with black braided professional marionette string.
"I just want you to know that I am very pleased with the work you put into making him look so much better overall. Your packing job was also A+++ and I appreciate that....Thanks for your professionalism and care with the horse."  -Naheed S.
Before Restored
Snake Charmer - Before (503kb) Snake Charmer - After (489kb)


Pelham Puppet Alice In Wonderland Series King - Before and After Photos

This king from the rare Alice in Wonderland series was produced by the Pelham Puppets company of England in the early 1950's. His clothes were removed, cleaned and pressed. All his painted parts were cleaned, and his head was carefully re-glued to his neck piece. Finally he was re-strung with black braided professional marionette string.
"OH MY GOSH I JUST GOT MY BABIES....THEY LOOK AWESOME...You did a fabulous job. Wow...thank you so much Kevin for taking such good care of them and making them beautiful again....."  -Kelly N.
Before Restored
King - Before (409kb) King - After (501kb)


Pelham Puppet Display Unit - Before and After Photos

Display units like the one we restored below were set up in toy stores throughout North America and England. Kevin restored the puppets and the display unit. Kevin has collected catalogues and brochures throughout Pelham's history that aid in restoring pieces with respect for the original design.
Before Restored
Display Unit - Before Display Unit - After



Bob Baker Marionettes - Before and After Photos

As you can see, the marionettes needed hair, costume and stringing work. Kevin combed the hair, cleaned/ironed the costume and strung the puppets.
Before (Both Puppets) Restored (Pinocchio) Restored (Tina)
Both - Before Pinocchio - After Tina - After



Czech Marionette Restoration - Before and After Photos 

As you can see, the marionette (Early 1900's Czech) needed hair and costume work - as well as stringing. Kevin combed the hair, cleaned/ironed the costume and strung the puppet. The puppet is ready for display or performance.
Before (side) Before (front) Restored (side) Restored (front)
Czech-Before Czech-Before Czech-After Czech-After



Pelham Restoration (Noddy)- Before and After Photos 

Kevin is respectful to each piece. He cleans and irons the original clothing. For Noddy, he touched up the nose with comparable paint. In the event replacement parts are required, Kevin uses parts from his collection of authentic pelham and replica parts.
Noddy (Before) Noddy (After)
Before Restoration After Restoration




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Last Updated on February 13, 2013

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