Cute 8 1/2" pair of Italian souvenir doll purses are from the 1950s or 1960s. One is from Florence, Italy, the other is from Livorno, Italy. The pressed dolls' heads have lovely hand painted faces. Braided blonde mohair wigs encircle their heads. One has a matching straw hat. They are wearing woven natural straw dresses with big, puffy sleeves. Blue woven straw collars and cumberbunds provide a pretty accent color.
The woven natural straw skirts double as purses complete with metal zippers. Matching braided straw handstraps are sewn to the backs. Cloth tags underneath read, 'Made in Italy'.
They are 8 1/2" tall. Their oblong purse base is 4 1/4" wide x 3" deep. One doll is in very good condition with some wear to her neck and straw handle. The other doll is missing her hat, otherwise in excellent condition.
These type of dolls are known by various names - international dolls, folk dolls, tourist dolls, travel dolls, ethnic dolls and foreign costume dolls to name a few.
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