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Exception, rare, and in the original box is this 17” ( 43cm ) Kathe Kruse “ Doll I “ wearing not only a rare costume consisting of a blue, orange, black, and white plaid cotton knee length dress with pale red apron and head scarf, red socks, and tightly woven wicker-type shoes/clogs, but carrying in each hand ( with fingers sewn around to grip the handles ) metal milk/water pails . On the bottom of the right foot there is a purple stamp “ German “ and on the left a signature “ Kathe Kruse 17755 “ . Tied at the right wrist is a round paper tag ( frail ) with a forward and backward capital letter K, “Dolls Unique”, and handwritten in old ink “ Ganseliesel “, supposedly the name of this doll. There is an additional paper label attached to the dress ( reinforced by old clear tape )with K Kruse signature and logos and reading “ ORIGINAL KLEIDUNG “  ( ORIGINAL CLOTHING ), and a round paper label on one end of the original multiple-signed K Kruse cardboard box stamped in red “ Karbelchen “  (? first two letters blurred ) 1H06 GANSELIESEL 1A47 “ and some handwritten numbers as well. Overall condition of everything is excellent considering age and type other than as detailed above, and for full disclosure, also a very small bit of paint wear in one small area on back of head and a miniscule round dent on left center forehead but no paint missing or repainted. This doll most likely made just before or just after World War I and almost certainly no later than 1920. These early K Kruse dolls are rarely found in such fine original condition and with the added bonus features of the costume and pails almost bordering on the impossible!!!!………………………………US$ 5,500.

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One of the earliest Kathe Kruse “Doll I’s “ we have owned and probably one of the first in the era of these she made on her own after her earlier unhappy ( on her part ) association with Kammer and Reinhardt and the so-called “ Froghand “-type dolls made as a result of that temporary alliance. As is accustomed she stands 17” ( 43cm )tall, has a chubby head and body with very wide hips joined by swivel diagonal joints, all molded and painted facial features and hair in a more unusual chocolate brown color with head firmly attached to the torso and sewn joints allowing slight movement of the arms at the shoulders. Although the costume shows some slight deterioration of the fabric in back it is most unusual and totally atypical from the norm with distinctive green and gold metallic mesh collar and cap, white cotton and linen underclothing, and nice leather sandal-type shoes impressed “6” on the soles. The body is sturdy and clean, the facial paint still excellent and relatively bright despite her age of more than 100+ years with only a slight loss of color on back center of the hair. She has a red ( signature ) K Kruse stamp on the left foot and a number somewhat blurred but could be “ 3418”(?). Kruse dolls of this period in this condition and with this much originality are much rarer than one would imagine so this is a perfect opportunity for one to avail him/herself to add this to one’s collection!……………………..US$ 4,300.

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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………….US$ 3,200

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From the earliest period of the  201/2” ( 51cm ) Kathe Kruse Deutsche Kind ( or Doll VIII ) series is this pristine girl referred to as “ Isebill “ . Her hard cloth pressed , modeled , and painted swivel head has near mint original finish, a dark blond long human hair wig, a simple but crisp pleated floral semi-transparent printed dress with pink embroidered ties at neckline, white canvas shoes with straps stamped on soles in black “ Made in Germany “ , but most striking about the costume is a matching dark brown “ fur “ coat with silk lining and a matching hat. As typical of this period she has sewn joints at the shoulders and swivel diagonal joining at the hips with body about as clean as can be for one of this era ( circa 1930). On the bottom of the right foot is the purple stamp “ Made in Germany “, and on the left in red “ 19683 and Kathe Kruse ( signature), and, suspended around her neck is a diamond shaped paper tag with the “ KK” logo and her signature on both sides of the swing-tag. An important early Doll VIII in remarkable condition!…………………..US$ 2,800.

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Very nice and in superb original condition and In the Original Kathe Kruse Cardboard Box ( with some understandable age distress and missing part of right bottom panel ) is this 20 ½” ( 51cm ) “ Deutsche Kind “ ( German Child ) referred to as “ Friedebald “ ( one of K Kruse’s many children ) with molded and painted hard cloth swivel head, original blond human hair wig with left side part, on firm hard stuffed cloth body with sewn fingers and toes, sewn joints at shoulders, and diagonal jointed hips in the “ toddler -style “ manner, stamped in purple on the bottom of the left foot is a signature “ Kathe Kruse “ 7524 ( in red )”, and wearing a beige pleated crepe shirt with well- defined collar, and Tyrolean-style brown felt short trousers with suspenders ( crossed in back ) to simulate the “ lederhosen “ associated with the region. The multicolored tie, socks, and brown leather shoes are original and accompanying him are an elaborately constructed set of wooden skies and ski poles with an impressed red label reading “ Ein Begriff Made in Germany Heimi “.  Although produced for some years this doll is believed to have been originally sold about 1933. To be super critical and 100% forthright there is a minimal slight flattening on the tip of the nose but no paint missing or retouched. Hard to find in this overall clean, complete and original condition!! US$ 2,450.

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Another very early K Kruse “ Doll VIII “ ( Deutsche Kind -German Child ) in the standard 20 ½” ( 51cm ) size is “Friedebald” dressed in simple but all original two piece white sailor costume with navy blue trim at collar, sleeves and on matching mariner cap set at an angle tilted to the left over the original golden human hair wig with left side part. On the sole of the right foot are hand written pencil marks but on the left “ 03103” in red, and in purple “ Kathe Kruse ( signature ). The shoes are original white canvas with straps across the ankles impressed on the soles “8” ( no socks ). Overall condition is excellent including facial painting with only a few minor dirt or rust stains on the pants. Again an early version of this most popular doll circa 1930 …………………………..US$ 2,400. 

 

 

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