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Jenny Haniver/ Dried Devil Fish
MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2009-01-09 09:23 am   Permalink

When I was a youngster (back in the 70's), the local tiki bar had a couple of "Jenny Haviers" or "Devil Fishes" hanging from the ceiling along with the pufferfishes. I don't see them posted here, it must not have been a regular tiki decoration? Maybe just something this owner found and thought it was cool?


EDIT - PS, just saw one on e-Bay for $400! Nice profit for a dead stingray!
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Slacks Ferret
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2014-03-08 1:26 pm   Permalink

I just noticed that Munktiki is selling a ceramic version:

http://www.munktiki.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4_89&products_id=902


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Ragbag Comics
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Joined: Feb 24, 2009
Posts: 132
From: Chicago
Posted: 2014-03-08 2:01 pm   Permalink

I love these guys... a great old sideshow gaff, much like the Fiji Mermaid.

Here's ours, snagged online from a former carnival guy in FL a few years ago (my wife
is very good at finding appropriate presents around the holidays... nothin' says
Merry Christmas quite like a dried out fish mutant diorama...)



Likewise, Munktiki's fabulous Fiji Mermaid makes a fine companion piece to the
Jenny Hanniver wall pocket (for those who want the style and attitude of a
dried out fish-body sewn to half of a monkey, but don't want nightmares...)

http://www.munktiki.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4_81

Looks like they're out of them at the moment, but the link is still active. Ours lives on one side of our living room;
the "real" Fiji mermaid lives on the other side... we don't want 'em spawning...

--Pete


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2014-03-08 4:07 pm   Permalink

Very interesting, Wendy

 
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2014-03-09 07:58 am   Permalink

Thanks guys, I had forgotten all about those.

 
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Sofa King
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Joined: Mar 15, 2008
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From: san diego
Posted: 2014-03-09 7:52 pm   Permalink



Dude, that dried-out, mutilated skate carcass is both disturbing and disgusting.

I LOVE IT!

Because it is so wrong on so many levels makes it is so right.

I must have one of these and the ceramic one just will not cut it.
I need one made of 100% skate jerky. fore sure.

It kinda looks like something I've seen washed up on the shores of the Salton Sea.

Thanks Mad Dog for bringing attention to the awesome devil fish.


 
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Gsc
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From: Texas
Posted: 2014-03-11 08:11 am   Permalink

I own a few devil fish... here's my first and favorite.



I just ordered one of the ceramic ones also off the Munktiki website- kinda neat that they did a clay version for people who couldn't find one of the vinatge dried ones!

Graham



 
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Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2014-03-11 08:56 am   Permalink

Jenny was also once a cover-girl:


 
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tikilongbeach
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From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
Posted: 2014-03-11 09:27 am   Permalink

There's a dried devil fish for sale on etsy for $250.

www.etsy.com/listing/112356471/devil-fish-mummified-very-intact?ref=sr_gallery_6&ga_search_query=devil+fish&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Devil Fish, Mummified, in excellent condition. The Devil Fish measures 22" long, 7 1/4" at the widest point. Very intact, you can actually see the tongue through the parted lips. The back side shows the sweeping long tail. On the back side of the head you can clearly see the gill formation. Great conversation piece, and unique coastal decor.


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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2014-03-11 09:59 am   Permalink

GSC, can you post a pic of the whole Devil Fish? Thanks

Here's pics of the etsy one that TikiLongBeach mentioned



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Gsc
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From: Texas
Posted: 2014-03-11 2:09 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-03-11 09:59, MadDogMike wrote:
GSC, can you post a pic of the whole Devil Fish? Thanks



Currently out-of-town working for the next two weeks- when I get back home I'll snap some shots of the devil fish. I have a large one and a smaller one. One of my friends is a sideshow-gaff artist and makes them to sell from time to time. I just sent him some money for a VINTAGE 28" puffer from a shut down shell shop---it was a display piece that hung from the ceiling---he remembers seeing the puffer there as a kid--- trying to gather stuff up for when we move and I build my home tiki bar!


 
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