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Attractive early 1930’s Lenci girl from the “3000 series”. 17″ (43 cm) dressed in a typical regional custome representing the Brittany region of France. Sewn to her apron is a heart-shaped paper tag reading “Breton”. She has the also 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 on back covered by a crocheted snood-like bonnet with gauze and lace front and a blue silk ribbon tied on top front of the head. The costume consists of a dark brown long-sleeved 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 the bottom sole) and all the underwear is original layered linen. The facial painting is still bright and clean although there 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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 16” all cloth so-called “ topsy-turvy “ doll with one face being that of a white child and when turned completely upside down a black child on the other. Each presentation has a painted cloth face,, separate set of arms and complete outer costume , each different in color and material. When completely covered and in upright position each doll appears complete but when reversed the head of one becomes the hidden torso of the other. Condition is overall very good but with slight fading and surface dust on faces, especially the painted features of the black girl. One finds many types of these by commercially made manufacturers, primarily by Bruckner, but this example is either “ mot-her made “ , or perhaps by a small unknown regional company……………US$ 295. 

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Interesting cloth character doll with muslin covered cotton stuffed body with three dimensional formed head with vertical center seam , painted features with protruding nose, painted outlines for ears, wooly white cotton sewn-on wig. She is 19” ( 49cm ) tall and has one piece arms attached at the shoulders and legs with bare feet. The lacy cap is sewn to head covering the hair, and the dress is a one- piece cotton gauze with printed design and attached collar. She has a definite related appearance to the famous “ Punch and Judy “family although the costume makes it unclear if she is perhaps “ Judy “ in her bedclothing or their “ baby” (?). ……………………………………….US$ 295. 

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14″ (35 cm) American cloth girl made circa 1940’s by “Georgene Novelties” representing the (United Feature Syndicate) comic strip character “Nancy” created by Ernie Bushmiller. She has a swivel neck on a cloth torso with sewn joints and shoulder and hips. The one piece arms have attached “mitten-style” hands, and the straight legs have sewn on black and white horizontally stripe ankle socks tops with orange felt covering over the feet to simulate shoes. The dress is made in one piece with white linen arm sleeve and collar, and black felt top and orange short skirt. Nancy’s face is hard pressed cloth with “button” nose, a tight lipped red smile and nostrils highlights, black arched eyebrows, and indented black pupiless eyes. The back yarn wig is sewn on to the head with a yellow silk ribbon bow as part of the wig. An extra feature is the original  cardboard swing tag with all the printed identifying marks and attributions already stated above. In overall good condition with very minor surface dust primarily on the shoes. US$ 375.

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14″ (35 cm) Kathe Kruse Deutsche Kind girl stamped on right foot in purple ” made in Germany 10 Mrz. 1961 ” and on sole of left a ” Kathe Kruse ” signature stamp.  This little girl has a dark brown human hair wig with center part with braids covering ears and secured with red ribbons bows. The one-piece dress is a cotton print with fruits and a red short apron tied around her waist. Socks are white cotton and shoes red leather with one strap across ankles. In excellent condition…US$ 695