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Perhaps very underrated as is so infrequently seen/available is this 17” ( 44cm ) Kathe Kruse “ Doll I “ , circa 1930, with blond mohair wig with center part and two  “ pigtail “-type braids framing the face at both sides and wearing all original clothing consisting of a cream pleated blouse with two metal buttons ,a short cotton floral print dress  and apron, a “ onesie “ undergarment, and original socks and white oilcloth shoes with elastic straps. On the bottom of the right foot are penciled-in numbers and a somewhat illegible purple stamp, and on the left sole a red “ ( Kathe Kruse ) signature “ stamp as well as a number “ 115585 “. Rarely do these dolls come onto the market so do not miss this rare opportunity to add this rare doll to your collection!. US$ 3,900

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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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 Appealing 27” ( 68cm ) black cloth rag doll with soft black cotton covering the one piece head and torso with similarly made one piece arms and legs attached by sewn joints at the shoulders and hips making it possible to be seated if so desired. She has intricately and well embroidered stitched mouth, nose, eyebrows, and eyes giving her more realistic and three-dimensional appearance. Permanently covering her head is a white linen cut-work cap with a black ruffled band of cloth in front simulating her hair. Her original costume of knee length purple linen dress with large polka dots, lace collar and sleeve trim and cotton gauze half apron with red embroidered butterfly and handkerchiefs is secured in back. Undergarments are simple white cotton with lace fringe edges, socks feel silky and the shoes made of faded red brocade are sewn to feet. Whether she is homemade or by an unknown “ home industry “ type of firm she is full of charm and can be quite decorative in a setting with painted country furniture as well as having the history of being someone’s playmate a century or so ago!…………SOLD

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 25” ( 64cm ) all cloth doll with painted lollipop-shape oilcloth head with attached shoulder of similar structure, muslin covered stuffed body with sewn joints at hips permitting her to “ sit “ with sewn and painted hands with separate thumb with four short stubby fingers separated by black paint lines only. The body covering from the waist down may most likely have been recovered a long time ago to reinforce the lower half of the body rather than repair weaknesses commensurate with age and wear. The facial painting appears original and does have a few weaker spots, especially at each side of the neck. The dress is sprig design pink printed cotton, underwear white cotton, red socks cotton knit (old but newer than the doll), and the bonnet made of cotton, lace, and silk ribbon insertions. …………..RESERVED 

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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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