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20 1/2″ ( 51 cm ) Käthe Kruse ” DOLL VIII ” known in German as ” Deutsche Kind ”              ( German Child in English ) with hard cloth head with molded and painted features, human hair wig in braids, cloth body with diagonal hip joining, sewn seam joints at shoulders, and wearing original clothing consisting of a white cotton blouse, a teal cloth dress with suspenders-type shoulder straps, a paisley print cotton scarf, old underwear including heavy cotton leggings, and very nice leather shoes with straps and brass buckles. The overall condition is very good with no repairs or repaint, only some discoloration to the cloth arms with some minor stress on a few fingers tips. On the sole of the left foot is a stamped five digit number but is somewhat faded to state exactly which numbers there are. This circa 1930 dolls has perhaps the quintessential ” Deutsche  Kind ” portrayal look. US$ 1,200.

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One of the earliest Käthe Kruse doll models ( short of the earliest ” frog hand ” child ), stamped on the left foot in red “Käthe Kruse ( a signature script ), 0709 ( in black ink ) ” with wide hip cloth body with diagonal hip joints, a sewn seam at both shoulders, individual stitched fingers with a widely separated thump, a painted hair and facial features. as one can see even without detailed explanation, he has been well-loved, with some typical age wear primarily to cheeks and hair, and some dust and discoloring throughout the body but he is solid and show no sign of repair or repaint. The one piece cotton romper suit is original as most likely the brown crocheted knee-length stockings. The leather camel colored shoes are newer but style-wise appropriate. The cloth cap is at least old if not original. A charming early doll but as the description indicates has some age related issues. These are taken into account when assigning the sale price of just    US$  1,100. 

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Attractive early 1930’s Lenci girl from the ” 3000 series “. 17″ ( 43 cm ), dressed in a typical regional costume representing the Brittany area of France. Sewn to her apron is a heart-shaped paper tag reading ” Breton “. She has the typical molded pressed cloth head with painted features with eyes glancing ever-so-slightly to her right, an elaborate blond mohair wig with center part and braided bun in back covered by a crocheted snood-like bonnet with gauze and lace front and a blue silk ribbon tied in top front of the head. The costume consists of a dark brown long-sleeved dress with pleated gauze and silk blouse, a silk shawl with fringed edging and a black silk high apron with embroidered colorful flowers as well as a bead necklace. The shoes are brown felt that match the dress ( one missing a bottom sole ) and all the underwear is original layered linen. The facial painting is still bright and clean although is a slight loss of red paint on the lower lip. The overall condition of the costume is also good but with a few moth holes to the felt on the left sleeve and one small area beneath the black silk apron. US$ 975.

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Hard to find 14″ ( 35 cm ) Lenci child with original miniature wooden tennis racket in right hand with fingers sewn around the object. Underneath the reddish-brown knee-length belted felt coat are green felt short pants, a beige felt shirt with brown felt tie, knit beige socks and hat shoes matching the overcoat. The overall condition is very good with only minor surface dust and still retaining most of the blush on the cheeks. The wig is soft auburn human hair with left side part. No identifying tags seem to be present but her Lenci credentials are undeniable. US$ 750.

 

 

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