This is a charming 13" tall early 1900s American composition head mechanical wind up walking doll, with original clothing and working mechanism. Wind him up and his legs go back and forth like a toddler's first attempts to walk. The doll's head is marked Gold Doll on the back of the neck. The torso that houses the mechanism appears to be some sort of stiff cardboard material. the wooden lower legs are attached to the metal mechanism. The head and hands are composition. The doll is clothed in an adorable 1 piece cotton play suit with belt around the middle and separate collar around the neck. His cotton knit stockings have worn through at the feet from all those years of walking.
Condition: The composition head is in need of restoration and that condition is reflected in the modest asking price. the stockings have holes. The clothing is darkened with age and has a stain on the front.
Despite his flaws, this is a rare early mechanical doll in original condition and deserves to be appreciated as such, and perhaps to have the head restored by a skilled repairer who will honor that originality and not go overboard.
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