Serious looking Kathe Kruse boy “DOLL I” , 17” ( 43cm ) with entirely molded and painted head including hair has been painted in a butterscotch color with uneven bangs on forehead, and pale blue eyes. There is a vertical head seam starting at center of forehead which goes all the way to back of neck, a horizontal seam starting at neck running all the way across the head (just behind the ears) and continuing to the neck on opposite side, as well as two other shorter seams that begin just about at the “ cowlick “ point in back and continue in parallel to the base of neck. His fingers are stitched as “ four-together then separate thumb “, the shoulders have sewn joints, and the wide-hip torso has diagonal “ toddler-like “ diagonal joints with internal discs. There is a “ K Kruse Germany “stamp on bottom of feet.. Blue wool knee length “ puffed -out “trousers with attached muslin top are original, cream linen jacket is at least period if indeed not original, and one strap caramel leather shoes with rounded toes old, but maybe not as old as the doll itself. In very good condition, overall clean, with a slight discoloring at nose tip. A most appealing example from about early 1920s…………SOLD.


 Very nice 17’ ( 43cm ) Kathe Kruse cloth girl “DOLL I “with molded and painted brown eyes and darker than normal brown painted hair with wispy bangs center of forehead, highly blushed cheeks and somewhat chubbier and more “ lumpy “ modeling around mouth and cheeks denoting perhaps one of their earlier models following the earliest “ frog hands “ examples. In addition to the vertical head seam, and the horizontal one from neck- to -neck, running through very center of ear position, as well as circling around and continuing under the chin area. She has two short vertical seams staring at outer edges of the mouth and terminating at the horizontal one that encircles the entire face and head. Much of her clothing and cap are original including undergarments, cotton print dress and hat, and flannel coat/robe, whereas the white leather shoes are antique and of a similar period most likely came from a bisque head doll of similar age. There are signature “K Kruse “ stamps on bottom of feet. Overall condition very good other than a little damage to two toes outer right corner of right foot, some slight wear and surface dust but just that which is commensurate with age and type of materials…………..SOLD.


Rare early 1900s black cloth doll with stitched and embroidered facial features, unusual and sewn- on elaborate wig of thread, wearing the original two -piece suit with coordinated cap, shirt with more colorful collar and patterned tie, and wool socks covering feet. These unique and easily recognizable cloth dolls are attributed to having been made in Caribbean islands, primarily in French colonial territories such as Martinique, Guadeloupe, etc. and distinctively have separately applied long fingernails, as well as realistically gender identifiable genital areas. Although always desirable and collectible one normally finds female versions of these dolls, usually taller, often wearing bandanas covering the heads, sometimes with baskets perched on top. This harder-to -find male version is only 18” ( 46cm ) tall, and is rare to find at all, much less the smaller version. As such this doll has great crossover appeal to collectors of cloth dolls, French dolls, and black dolls and should not be missed!…………………………………………US$ 795. 


19” cloth doll with stockinet covering known to the doll collecting world as a “ Black Beecher-Type” as it is made in a similar manner to the “ Beecher Babies “ manufactured around the turn of the Twentieth Century in upstate New York but there is no evidence that Julia Jones Beecher of Elmira NY ever directly made or sold the more elongated black children of which this doll is well exemplified. Regardless of the ambiguity/uncertainty of exact source of manufacture these dolls are highly regarded in their own right and stand alongside both in terms of respect and approximated price range of the “ Missionary Rag Babies “ of Mrs. Beecher. As is typical, this doll has a stockinet covering over the molded head and facial features, a tight wooly caracul wig as part of the doll, and black pupiless eyes backed by a white celluloid-type material. Lips and nostrils are painted bright red , hands are “ mitten-style “, and there are sewn joints at shoulders ,hips, and knees. This doll is dressed as a “country boy “with plaid cotton shirt, plaid linen trousers, a red neckerchief, and a multicolored woven straw hat. Although he does have some anticipated age wear, he is still in relatively overall good condition compared to most and priced accordingly to reflect his actual physical status. Those in excellent to near mint condition usually sell for at least 30-40% higher…………….US$ 1,650. 


 Adorable 14” ( 35cm ) pressed hard cloth Kathe Kruse smaller version of the “ Deustches Kind” ( German Child ) presented s a girl with human hair wig parted in center with two side braids pulled to the sides covering the ears and tied at ends with silk ribbon bows. All facial features are painted, allowing a calm but pensive expression to emerge. The head swivels on the torso of the all- cloth body that has sewn joints at shoulders, and jointed legs at the hips that have swivel discs set at a diagonal position. There is a “ Kathe Kruse “ stamp on sole of one foot. The simple cotton one piece dress is light blue pinstripe other than white cotton cutwork at top simulating blouse top and sleeves. Undergarment is a gauzy cotton “ onesie “and is original. Socks are white cotton with round toed white leather shoes tied with a blue silk ribbons into bows at ankles. A sweet more diminutive example in overall very good condition with just a speck of wear at nose tip and minimal surface soiling to body…….US$ 750. 


 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. 


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.