CLOTH AND LENCI III

 

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Ever popular 19 ” ( 49 cm ) cloth ” Raggedy Ann ” copyright Johnny Gruelle, 1918-1920. Although produced over a period of many years by several companies, this example was made by GEORGENE NOVELTIES and bears a cloth tags sewn to left side of center torso identifying her as such. She has the typical red yarn curly hair, a cloth body with sewn joints at shoulders and hips, with legs from hips to ankles red and white horizontal striped cloth and black satin covered and modeled shoes. The floral print cotton dress and white cotton apron and knickers are also original. Printed on the torso is a red heart with ” I love you ” contained within the borders. The face has printed and painted features with red triangular-shaped outlined nose and black ” shoe-button ” type eyes. Condition is overall very good with some light surface dust due to age and exposure. Probably and early to mid-1940’s production and well-known to the earliest period of the “Baby Boomers”. US$ 350.

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Lovely, adorable, and usual 13 1/2″ ( 34 cm ) Kathe Kruse child with hard cloth painted swivel head with attached blond human hair wig , on cloth torso with sewn joints at shoulders with attached curved one piece arms with mitten -style hands, and one piece cloth legs with loose floppy sewn joints at the hips denoting a term familiar to Kruse doll collectors as ” Hampelschen ” but in this case, perhaps because of the smaller size known more specifically as ” Hampleschatz “. She has colorful clothing consisting of a floral printed cotton short dress with embroidered gauze pinafore, a green crocheted sweater, an orange felt cap with embroidered thread and felt designs, scarlet canvas shoes, and most delightful is the green leather book sack/backpack with straps going under her armpits for support. Although probably made just after the last world war, perhaps one of the most endearing models we have seen from this long famous producer of dolls and playthings…………………………………..US$ 1,650.

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Rare 18′ ( 46 cm ) mid 1940’s era Kathe Kruse boy with hard cloth head with all molded and painted features, on a cloth body with sewn joints at shoulders and diagonal swivel joints at hips ( toddler-style ) .Fingers are individually delineated as are the toes. On the sole of the left foot is a number and also an ink signature which has faded and/or never took upon stamping. He has a unique shape to the head which is best observed in side profile and as such this model is referred to by collectors as ” Eierkopf ” ( or in English ” Egghead” ) which is indeed the most descriptive reference that one could possibly attribute based on obvious shape. The clothes are original and consist of a white linen romper suit with elastic at the knees, a plaid linen shirt, a tightly woven white sweater , white cotton socks and nice white canvas toddler-body type white shoes. Paint in general is excellent however on top back of head and two small parts behind in back of head are two more small spots with minor surface dents that in theory could possibly have been retouched but if so, well done and well matched. An interesting doll with similar but uniquely distinctive features for the collector who is searching for an example of something ” nice, but definitely distinct!.”……………………………………………US$ 1,400.

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Rare, lovely , and near mint condition 15″ ( 38 cm ) Martha Chase portrait of most likely a very young lady, with molded and painted facial features, dramatic curly upper lashes, and elaborately molded and painted brown hair with center part then drawn back to fully cover both ears and tied in back into a low braided tight bun, all highlighted by three painted brush mark tiny curls , one just opposite each eyebrow and a third high on forehead just below the center part.  Unlike many of the Chase dolls her entire body has been painted and has no stockinet covering. There are sewn joints at the elbows, shoulders, hips, and knees, and also a black decal stamp Chase logo under right arm reading ” CHASE HOSPITAL DOLL TRADE MARK ” ( and the smiling face of a child ). This doll, as well as others like her in this 15″ series of character dolls, are thought to have been made circa 1920. She wears a period red wool dress with feather stitching , antique undergarments and black canvas boots with brass buckles. Any of these lifelike Chase ” non-child/baby ” figures are particularly common and considering the overall rarity and excellent condition of this one very reasonable at …………..US$ 1,295. 

 

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