This is an authentic vintage Athena Piacenza hard body doll ca. 1940s-1950s.
She was made in Italy (Piacenza) and is marked “Athena 32” on the back of her neck. She is also marked with an oval lozenge with an “A” inside on her back. She has movable jointed head, arms and legs. She also has a squeaker box on her abdomen but it no longer working. She stands 12" tall.
This is a souvenir Italian doll dressed in traditional costume. She wears a colorful satin fabric dress, sash, apron and scarf. Her sash and apron are decorated with ribbon rickrack and thin foil trim. Her clothing is intact, but delicate. I can see some fabric wearing at the seams and the foil trim is torn or shredded in a few areas. She has no shoes.
She’s a very pretty doll with black mohair hair and long black full upper eyelashes which also appear to be mohair. She has blue ‘googly’ eyes which also open and close, red lipstick and pink blush. Her fingernails are painted red. This little beauty is in great vintage condition and is intact. Some of her body paint has flaked underneath her clothes, and there is one little dark smudge on one foot.
She will come to you with a doll stand.