IN 1910 HORSMAN INTRODUCED...the Peterkin line of dolls. Horsman led the character doll movement in America. Peterekins were designed by Helen Trowbridge - one of several prominent women designers in the industry at that time with colleagues such as: Grace Drayton, Georgene Averill, Rose O’Neill and others. The first Peterkin Dolls were made of the early "Can’t Break’Em‘’ style composition and then in bisque. They were costumed as both boys, girls and characters.
PETERKIN HIMSELF…is quite the character. He has much in common with the Campbell Kids and Kewpies such as a flat turned up little nose and the curved watermelon smile. This little fellow has the bright side glancing Googly Eyes with tiny arched eyebrows. His hair is molded and painted. There are 2-prominent forelocks in the manner of The Little Imp and locks that flip over each ear coming to humorous points like the Katzenjammer Kids.
UNUSUAL JOINTED ARMS…This Peterkins wears carefully molded ‘Dr. Dentons’ in shades of blue. The shirt and sleeves have a herring bone pattern like the stockings of Kestner All Bisque dolls of the era. The back has molded buttons and includes the buttoned flap in the back. His curved jointed arms are designed in a way that wrap around his tummy and assume other humorous positions. This is an uncommon feature on Peterkins dolls. Jan Foulke, in her well known Kestner book, references a Catalog ca 1930 that lists the Dr. Denton one piece Peterkins as #195 and the one with Jointed Arms as #198.
He is sure to find a friend among your Kewpies and other impish dolls!
MARKS: None incised. Faint ink mark ‘X 52’ stamped on the back.
CONDITION : Very Good. No damage, nicks or repairs. No harm color line at left ankle. The molded little grooves at the arm shoulders are not flaws. They are part of the stringing loop construction.
MATRIX SUMMER SOUVENIR- An All Bisque Peterkins with Unusual Jointed Arms!
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