Vintage Skippy and Dutch Girl Porcelain Figurine, Early 20th Century
What a burst of color and character these two have! Little Skippy, 5-1/2 inches tall, just can't get away from "Naatje" nor does he want to (though he gripes constantly that he does). At 7-1/4 inches, she's a rather big girl but she adores him like no one else. You can see it in her eyes and the precious daisy she wants to give him. Both are from the early 20th century and marked MADE IN JAPAN. They have a little paint missing here and there that you can see in the photos but are still in great condition. They've been paired together for as long as I can remember. The Dutch girl has the added provenance distinction of having Mama Jo's name written on the bottom of one of her shoes: Jo Marie.
Who doesn't love Skippy? He was the comic strip creation of Percy L. Crosby (his name is on Skippy's base in the back view). He had a long run in the sun: 1923-1945. The rambunctious fifth grader starred in movies, a novel, and a radio show. He was the inspiration for Skippy peanut butter. In 1997 he had his own U.S. Postal Service stamp. I imagine he and Naatje found each other when my mother was a little girl in the 1920s and 1930s. If you're only interested in one, we'll talk. But not in front of the kids.
Item ID: 047
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