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17" ( 43 cm ) all cloth Kathe Kruse " DOLL I " with molded and painted hair and facial features in overall very good condition with only minor discoloring , wear, and paint flakes with no apparent repainting or repair. She has the " wide hip " toddler style body with diagonal hip joints and seam joints at shoulders, separately stitched finger with space between them and the thumb. The clothing is a one piece black ribbed cotton dress with a separately made shawl with embroidered floral designs and fine yarn tassel ties holding it in place . The underwear is old whit cotton and the stockings knit cotton with carved wooden clogs signed in ink script on bottom  " Frankfort [ as well as some other illegible markings ] ". On the right foot signed in ink it reads " 693" and on the left in a red stamp " 81993 ". Although not " exactly perfect " she is nevertheless a very nice example in very good condition..............................US$ 2,500.
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20 1/2" ( 51 cm ) Kathe Kruse " DOLL VIII " know in German as " Deutsche Kind " ( English- " German Child " ) with hard cloth head with molded and painted features, human hair wig in braids, cloth body with diagonal hip joining , sewn seam joints at shoulders, and wearing original clothing consisting of a white cotton blouse, a teal cloth dress with suspender -type shoulder straps, a paisley print cotton scarf, old underwear including heavy cotton leggings, and very nice re leather shoes with straps and brass buckles. The overall condition is very good with no repairs or repaint, only some discoloration to the cloth arms with some minor stress on a few finger tips. On the sole of the left foot is a stamped five digit number but is somewhat faded to state exactly which numbers there are. This circa 1930 dolls has perhaps the quintessential " Deutsche Kind " portrayal look........ ..US$ 1,600.
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One of the earliest Kathe Kruse doll models ( short of the earliest " frog hand " child ) , stamped on the left foot in red " Kathe Kruse ( a signature script ) , 0709 ( in black ink ), with" wide hip " cloth body with diagonal hip joints, a sewn seam at both shoulders, individual stitched fingers with a widely separated thump, and painted hair and facial features. As one can see even without detailed explanation, he has been well loved, with some typical age wear primarily to cheeks and hair, and some dust and discoloring throughout the body but he is solid and shows no sign of repaint or repair. The one piece cotton romper suit is original as most likely the brown crocheted knee length stockings and leather camel colored shoes are newer but style-wise appropriate. The cloth cap is at least old if not original. A charming early doll but as the description indicates has some age related issues. These are taken into account in assigning the sale price at just ...............................US 1,200.
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Attractive early 1930's Lenci girl from the " 300 Series ", 17" ( 43cm ), dressed in a typical regional costume representing the Brittany area of France. Sewn to her apron is a heart shaped paper tag  reading " Breton ". She has the 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 in back covered by a crocheted snood-like bonnet with gauze and lace front and a blue silk ribbon tied in top front of head. The costume consists of a dark brown long sleeved dress with pleated gauze and silk blouse, a silk shawl with fringed edging and a black silk high apron with embroidered colorful flowers as well has a bead necklace. The shoes are brown felt that match the dress ( one missing a bottom sole ) and all the underwear is original layered linen. The facial painting is still bright and clean although 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 left sleeve and one small area beneath the black silk apron.....................US$ 975.

 

 

 

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Hard to find 14" ( 35cm ) Lenci child with original miniature wooden tennis racquet in right hand with fingers sewn around the object. Underneath  the reddish brown knee length belted felt coat are green felt short pants, a beige felt shirt  with brown felt tie, knit beige socks and hat and shoes matching the overcoat.  The overall condition is very good with only minor surface dust and still retaining most of the blush on the cheeks. The wig is soft auburn human hair with left side part.  No identifying tags seem to be present but her Lenci credentials are undeniable...............US$ 750.

 

 

 

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