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 Interesting and wonderfully executed 14” ( 35cm ) full figure of a supposedly European gentleman made mostly of carved and painted wood and wearing all original sewn-on costume. One can feel that under the red felt vest that the torso is indeed made of wood and that the upper arms, as well as the detailed hands are also wood and are constructed as an armature on both sides whereas any rise of the arms will result in both arms rising and falling in unison. The upper legs covered by the olive green trousers are stuffed cloth . The legs starting at knee level obviously wood with painted blue socks to above the knees, and the lower legs from below knee to ankles one piece wood painted black to simulate boots with the extended “ feet “ portrayed as the lower part of boots with slight heels. The head which can be removed swivels on top of the torso, and is attached by means of a long metal thin rod attached to neck bottom, and that in turn into a hole on top of torso. The head with painted mustache is realistically and beautifully carved and painted and remains in very good original condition. One might assume that the head is covered with a very thick gesso allowing more of a three- dimensional quality as well as to allow the painted surface to adhere to remain intact for as long as it has. Where there are a few minor flakes in the painted hair one can view the wood below at the flaking. European circa mid-to-late 1800s. Collectible on its own merits and/or a nice companion to a lady doll of the same era and appropriate height. Provenance: Richard Wright Collection with original auction tag with lot number from the Skinner Auction official sale in Fall of 2009…………………………………….SOLD. 

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 Charming horsehide covered toy horse in standing position and mounted to a wooden platform supported by two strategically positioned axels underneath allowing four small tin wheels to be capable to move him both forward and backward. He has carved and painted wooden hooves , leather pointed ears, either wooden or hard leather nose and snout, inset bead eyes, soft fur mane, a long black horsehair tail, nice leather trappings around neck ( slightly worn with tiny bits missing , and a thicker leather belt that still buckles at waist. Overall condition is very good with just a few small moth holes. Separately constructed but an integral part of this “ horse- and -cart “ is a nicely painted open wooden wagon with four sides decorated in traditional milk paint colors of golden yellow, pale pumpkin, with black stenciling on outer panels. There are two long thin wooden “ pencil-like “ connectors extending forward to be able to reach the horse. The two wheels are large with six spokes each and secured on the ends of each axel with a piece of nailed on heavy leather. Sizes are: 10” ( 25cm ) tall from wheels on base to head top of horse’s head , 9” ( 23cm ) long platform front to back; and, 5 ½” ( 14cm ) tall bottom of wheels to top of the open wooden open cart, and 13”( 23cm ) long back of cart to end of connector poles. A very nice piece either all on its own, and/or for use in creating a scene to display dolls, toys, or as a farm/village component………………………US$ 875. 

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Surprisingly hard to find, especially one in such excellent and original condition as this model, is this 15” ( 38cm ) Hard composition shoulder head version of this lady doll presumed to have been manufactured by Otto and Cuno Dressel circa 1900-1920. This type of composition material is also similar to that found on the “ Schilling “ dolls of likewise manufacture. The head is turned ever so slightly to the right, has a closed mouth with stern expression, inset glass eyes and is mounted on a firmly stuffed cloth body covered by a thin gauzy material, with long composition arms and legs with molded white ribbed stockings, side button boots, and a red line at top of stockings to resemble garters. She wears a fantastic original blond mohair wig , upswept into a big braided in back, with long curly bangs, in the classic “ Gibson Girl “ styling. She is dresses in a black silk dress and white apron with puffed sleeves to indicate that of a domestic employee and, moreover, probably the principle “ Housekeeper-In-Charge “ as she has hanging from her waist her original and period room keys allowing her to access whatever room in need of attendance. Dressel also produced two other versions of this doll in the same period utilizing Gebruder Heubach bisque heads with similar expressions in both an open mouth AND a closed mouth model, sometimes as housemaids but also as regal “ Gibson Girl “ -types and, also suffragettes as this was the era in which women were becoming ( rightfully ) political and rebellious to attain the equal status previously denied………………..US$ 775. 

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 Early Twentieth Century German doll of unknown manufacture, with unusual molded and painted swivel head on five-piece stuffed stockinet covered body, jointed at elbows and hips, with “ mitten”-style hands with thumb sewn slightly apart from the other four fingers all stitched together,. She has a center-part yellowish yarn wig with long braids reaching down in back in middle of her back. This is glued to the top of the solid-dome style closed head. The clothing is all original in an unknown regional folklore costume with white linen blouse with lacy ruffled collar, and one-piece skirt and vest with fancy colorful embroidery , linen undergarments and heavy white crocheted stockings. The elaborate hat with red pompoms ties under the chin and is an obvious part of the European Regional costume. It was sold to us originally as an American “ WPA” doll and does exhibit certain characteristics of certain of them but we have since been advised by experts of that category that although indeed impressive, not in that category. A subsequent reaffirmation of that, and indeed revelation of probable origin, is that the head became loose and while reattaching by sewing the interior of the neck socket revealed that the head had been modeled out of old newsprint written in German, identifiable in particular by the observation of the unique German script in forming the “ss” ( double- “s “). Although this discovery does not absolutely confirm that it was made with the borders of the then territory of Germany at that time, it indicates that it was most likely made in a country where the German language was at least the prominent dominate form of communication. A different and indeed well made and desirable doll and not one commonly found in the doll market……………….US$ 395. 

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Charming and well -constructed all wooden milk wagon and horse with all original paint and in good working order , 21’ ( 53 cm ) long, and 9” ( 23 cm ) tall to top of wagon, and as well as a toy, also advertised the Sheffield Farms Milk Company in New York City, who was a major supplier of milk there in latter part of 19th Century and the first half of the 20th. According to Wikipedia that after the early 1960’s the property formerly housing the Sheffield Farms Company on West 57th Street in New York now is the current location of the CBS Broadcasting facilities there. In addition to just being a toy wagon, it is also a pull toy and when the cord is pulled from the front the horse’s feet move back and front as if walking. Also perhaps a bit unusual is that the horse’s hooves do not actually touch the surface as he is propelled forward. Something a bit different and a great prop for making a display!…….US$ 395.

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 Most unusual but nonetheless charming 16” ( 41cm ) doll with molded and heavily painted head and face which swivels atop a five piece muslin covered stuffed body with joints at shoulders and diagonal joints at hips ( toddler-style ), and “mitten-type” hands with thread delineators between thumb and other fingers. She wears a black wool and felt costume with wide brim hat tilted forward and tied in back at the neckline extending into a long streamer-like bow. The wig has a part in the center and is drawn back and formed into tight braids secured beneath the hat. Wig is either human hair or perhaps flax. Lightly glued on front of torso is a piece of paper on which is hand written in ink “ Austria Mountains 1945 “ and, below that, another handwritten note “Salzburg Germany “ and another mark which is unreadable and then “girl”. As Salzburg is within Austria and not Germany this is obviously incorrect, but we are just quoting what the notes say. Although not as old, and of a different construction of materials, one can almost see the influence of the 35-40 earlier year period of the famous “ Munich Art- Marion Kaulitz “ character dolls carried on in the rendering of the heavily painted facial features. Exact maker unknown but definitely something a “ little -bit -different “ with a unique yet artful portrayal of a local “ mountain girl”!……..US$ 195. 

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