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At first glance one would assume this 23″ ( 58 cm ) Martha Chase doll is your typical ” baby ” or ” young boy ” depending on what style costume of presentation, but on closer examination he has superior detail of the facial modeling as well as exaggerated definition of the hair both by actual modeling as well as thick texturing of the paint which creates the effect of deep “comb marks ” not usually found to such extreme on a typical baby or boy. This attention to detail gives him a look of  slight more maturity than normal and more ” boy-like “,and, with the simple WWI period cotton print gingham-style boy’s dress lending to that definition. In addition to the other well modeled head features one must not overlook the details rendered in the ear construction. As typical the torso and approximately the upper third part of the arms and legs are covered by a sateen fabric with sewn joints at the elbows, shoulders, hips, and knees, The one piece head/shoulders,  the lower arms and legs, as well as about one third of the upper arms and upper legs are thickly painted. The hands have well defined long fingers and the toes are delineated by sewn features with nails highlighted . A very pretty doll and reminiscent of the earliest period Martha Chase dolls believed to have started in production about 1899-1900…………………….US$ 750.

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14″ ( 35 cm ) American cloth doll made circa 1940s 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 at shoulders and hips. The one piece arms have attached ” mitten -style ” hands, and the straight legs have sewn on black and white horizontally striped ankle sock tops with orange felt covering over the feet to simulate shoes. The dress is made in one piece with white linen arm sleeves and collar, and a black felt top and orange short skirt. Nancy’s face is hard pressed cloth with “button nose”, a tight lipped red smile and nostril highlights, black arched eyebrows, and indented black pupilless eyes. The back yarn wig is sewn on to the head with a yellow silk ribbon bow as a 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 very good condition with very minor surface dust primarily on the shoes. …………………..US$ 375.