Description of Doll for Sale
This is a nice example of an Arranbee Princess Elizabeth Doll. Princess Elizabeth is all composition and is 17 inches tall and was made using an unmarked Arranbee Nancy doll. She can be seen on pg. 43 of Arranbee Dolls by Suzanne L. DeMillar and Dennis J. Brevik. The pin and the fact the doll is unmarked is Arranbee's attempt to ride the coattails of the very popular Madame Alexander Princess Elizabeth doll.
This doll was made to commemorate Princess Elizabeth when she became the Princess of Wales and heir to England's throne in 1936. Princess Elizabeth is wearing a jeweled silver crown pin. This doll is all original and includes her yellow taffeta gown, bouquet of flowers, pink net capelet, matching taffeta hat and jeweled pin. The brown wig is in the original set, having been protected by her bonnet. She wears her full slip with attached panties, white-knit socks, and gold center-snap shoes.
The doll was very dirty when I receiver her. I was able to clean her face and wash the dress. With a little minor touch up she was turned back into a regal all original princess again. I wouldn't say that this Princess Elizabeth is in mint condition but she is all original, and is certainly in better condition than many 30's composition dolls. She displays well and would make a fantastic addition to any doll collection.
The doll is unmarked but there is a tag on the dress as shown:
Dress Mark: This Garment, Made of, 100% Acetate Rayon
Condition of Doll for Sale
The composition body and head is sound with no cracks or repairs. There is an overall diffuse tight crazing on the face and body. The paint finish is tight with no signs of paint lifting or flaking. The doll has NOT been compo craze concealed.
The face which was very dirty has some discoloration of the face painting. (see closeups in the slide show). The rest of the body has a good overall skin tone with no discoloration. The fingers are perfect with no repaints, rubs or repairs. There were some deep cracks in the paint on the tip of the nose that had become discolored. I added some touch up paint to cover these cracks.
The net capelet has many large and small holes. There are some dark spots on the dress mainly on the back of the dress and especially on the hat. There are some worn spots on the back of the dress up by the collar. The rest of the dress is sound with no significant holes.
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