Circa 1890-1900. Rollo was a popular comic figure during the later 19th century: then brought back to life in the early 20th century by George S. Chappell (satirical author) and Hogarth, Jr. (Rockwell Kent, illustrator).
Approximately 38½” tall. Wood board body interior/support with shaft designed to move the head in all directions. All original clothing including shirt, pants, bow and leather cap. Head made of painted papier-mâché, over wood. Carved wooden hands. Straw stuffed legs and arms.
See Ryan Howard’s webpage, Nineteenth-Century American Ventriloquists, for a fine bibliography on the subject: www.ryanhoward.biz.