Sailor girl and boy dolls with bisque heads and composition bodies. Dressed in Victorian style sailor suits, they are 5.5 inches tall, and marked with a 13 on the back of their heads. This pair of dolls may be by Gebruder Kühlenz, circa late 1800's. In superb condition for their age, with wigs and sailor caps firmly attached. The young lady's wig is a little sparse in back. Clothing is sewn on, and these rather crude papier mache or composition bodies are frequently seen on these little bisque head dolls: they have exquisite heads on what were intended to be inexpensive bodies. These dolls appear to be un-played with. But the best part is that they come with wonderful provenance. We have this note: "This cute pair I've named "Gertie" and "Emory" were given to me by Gertrude Fowler Haisley 1948 Emory her husband gave the dolls to his wife Gertrude". This is written on the back of an envelope! What more could you want? two adorable dolls, a heartbreaking note...they come in their own (repaired) box. This is the stuff dreams are made of.
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