This simple figure is one of the few Frankoma kids that were made by the Oklahoma pottery company. The young girl has her head bowed as though gazing into her apron which she has pulled up to form a bowl or flower basket. Her skin is the unglazed, brick red Sapulpa clay which dates her to 1954. I believe her beautiful blue dress is the Royal Blue glaze. I think her apron is either the Turquoise or Silver Sage glaze. She has yellow hair and the neckline and puffed sleeves are trimmed with a pale color that is probably White Sand. She has a sweet face with a slight smile. She is not stamped on the bottom but is well documented to be the Frankoma #701 Gardener Girl. She would look so cute with some dried flowers in her apron.
She measures about 5 7/8” tall and is in very good condition with almost no wear. There are some interesting manufacturing irregularities. Note the back of her left arm. The sleeve is trimmed but the blue glaze was never finished. Also note the photo showing her bent arms. These appear to be manufacturing flaws. Both sides have these notches but the one on the right arm is more obvious than the one on the left. This is the second one that I have had that looked like this. As these little figures were inexpensive novelties in their day, apparently not much care was given to the finish work.
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