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 Most charming 15” ( 38cm ) molded and painted oilcloth head , lower arms and lower legs with bare feet, sateen covered hard stuffed torso, with all molded and painted facial features with exquisitely molded realistic ears, and rarer brown painted eyes. This smaller than average Martha Chase child appears in near- excellent original bright condition with no obvious repaint or repairs observed. The costume is at least of the period if indeed not original and consists of a two piece matched set of printed cotton short skirt with low V-shaped collar ;the culotte-type undergarment is one piece with top part plain undecorated white and from waist down same material as the outer dress in “ short pants-like “ bottom or coordinated nickers. A sweetheart of a doll in very good overall condtion!………………….US$ 475. 

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 Sweet 16” ( 41cm ) painted and molded cloth doll by Martha Chase of Pawtucket RI with blond painted three dimensional hair, blue eyes with wispy upper lashes , smiling mouth, three dimensional molded ears with head and torso being one solid unit with sateen covered torso and lower arms and legs with bare feet having sewn joints at elbows, shoulders, hips, and knees. Paint is totally original and in very good condition considering age and material with just a bit of paint wear on tip of the nose. The one- piece long white cotton and lace trimmed dress is probably original and at least of the period. He/she also has a cotton undergarment covering the torso and white knit socks that arise to knee level………………US$ 375. 

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Very pretty early ( circa 1920 ) DOLL I by Kathe Kruse, 17” ( 43cm ) with brown painted hair with wispy long curls extending onto the forehead, one piece head and body with all molded and painted hair and facial features, clean body with diagonal swivel joints and sewn joints at shoulders and wearing primarily original clothing of red and white printed cotton culotte-type clothing with shoulder straps crisscrossing in back, a white apron with two huge tie belt-type attachments in back, original socks and brown leather sandal-type shoes, and a period but replaced white cotton long sleeved blouse with high collar. Overall painted surface is original and very good with a few slight black specks on nose tip and a slight loss of color on right side cheek due to a probable wax base expansion underneath the pressed cloth facial surface. Nevertheless this is still a very nice example with the overall condition far superior to the majority of those found of this early type with no repairs or repainting observed………….RESERVED.

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Charming 20”( 51cm ) brown eyed Martha Chase child with softly painted and modeled facial features with applied ears, original facial and extremity painted with original finish in over all very good patina with minimal age wear other than on a few fingers and a speck of red on the upper lip. The stuffed cloth body is covered with the original sateen-like fabric and the clothing consists of pastel colored pleated silky-cotton knee length dress with some brown feather stitching at waist, shoulders, and on skirt. She has pink cotton underpants with braided lacy trim at knees, white cotton knee-length stockings, and old white canvas shoes (soles missing). Painted yellowy-brown hair has raised “brush mark-like” characteristics and a raised seam starting and ending in back about 1/3rd of the way around back of the head in both directions. A sweet doll and depending upon the clothing could represent a girl, a boy, or a baby…………………….US$ 395. 

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Interesting “ folk art” -style black rag doll with black cloth covered body with arms and legs sewn on at shoulder and hips to the remainder of the cloth body, 16” ( 41cm ) tall with neck sewn to the torso and having tight black caracul ringlet sewn on hair, stitched eyebrows and mouth with separated lips creating a charming but very mischievously sly grin! The almond shaped eyes appear to be white bone or buttons with black painted pupils to add reality and dimension. The one piece cotton print dress with bead buttons has been sewn around the doll either by the original maker or the young owner. Truly a labor of love by the mother, relative, caretaker of a young girl who without the efforts of the maker may have not been in a position to purchase a fancy “ store-bought French doll “ but ended up cherishing her just as much!………………………………………….US$ 295. 

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