This sweetie is all original and just as her original owner - who I was told died in her 90s--always kept her. I wish I had gotten in on the first tier of this doll's story. Then I'd have an owner's name, but I got in on 3rd tier--bought from someone who found her at an estate sale. So, no name. But so close!
I love A&Ms. Some mold numbers are rare and pricey and some are very common--like the 370 and the 390. And although we collectors refer to these dolls as 'common', this little 370 girl is not common. She's never been in a collection, but stored lovingly by her original owner (I am told and I believe the person I bought her from) up until now. She is just how Little Mama always kept her.
She is 20" tall and she is absolutely unplayed with. The leather of her right arm is torn at the elbow. I show that in the photos. After I photographed the boo boo, I wrapped the arm in gauze and put tape around the gauze to keep the sawdust in. Someone more skilled than I can repair with glove leather. It looks as if the leather was just weak there and gave way. But the rest of her is wonderful.
The kid body is clean and unmarred--where we can see it. Her unders are all sewn on her. She has bloomers, a petticoat, and a full chemise. Her gorgeous white dress--so beautifully made-- is pinned tightly at the waist. She's been pinned in for decades, at least, and I didn't dare pull the pins for fear of tearing the dress. Her pink cloth shoes with silver buckles, and knitted socks, are adorable. The sole of one shoe has a crack--the toe of it bent upward. Her legs and feet are pristine. The knees are still as blush as they were the day they were painted.
Her ashen mohair wig is original, as is pate and her little knitted hat. Her brown eyes sleep, but I packed the head so the lead weight wouldn't swing. Her brows and lips and lashes are beautifully painted. She has a a crescent gouge at the back of her head. It was part of her creation process and not damage. I photographed that as well.
She is a wonderful little girl--typical of the doll most little girls in her era had. Her little face is wide eyed and expectant--as if she's wondering where her momma went. She's only had one. And she's ready for another. Thank you for checking in at my shop.
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