Frankly, we do not know much about the origins of this papier-mache Soldier, a product of France, who dates near the time of the Great War. We have handled several in this family, and each is as charming and expressive as the last. This fellow is no exception, with his bright blue eyes, painted hair, five-piece composition body (this one features a torso made of French newspaper), and nicely-made flannel costume, complete with matching cap.
This handsome hero would make a perfect companion for the young lady dolls from Lanternier, or Cuno & Otto Dressel.
To us, he appears as an amiable character out of a Hemingway novel...perhaps you can compose his happy ending?