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Here is a nice example of a vintage 17 inch all composition Shirley Temple doll made in late 1934 or early 1935. The marks indicate she is a second issue doll made after Ideal signed the licensing agreement with Shirley Temple's Mother. Shirley is all original with an original tagged dress, original shoes and socks and wig. The dress is an early version of the dancing dress made in 1934. It has an early label with the NRA eagle. Shirley also comes with her original onesie with attached slip. The vintage dress has never been washed and has the original ribbons on the dress and in her hair. This dress is gathered at the waist but does not have the hard pressed in pleats seen in the latter "Baby Takes A Bow" dress. As it often does the organdy in the dress has yellowed some. The composition finish is all original with no crazing or repaint. Shirley has her original wig still in the factory set.
Body mark: Shirley Temple 17
Dress Mark: Shirley Temple NRA, Doll Dress, Reg. U.S. Pat. off., Ideal Nov. & Toy Co.
The head has a very faint copy right pending mark for Ideal with Shirley Temple above it. I was not able to get a good photograph of the mark. The head has it's original finish so I assume there was a problem with the mark in the factory. Shirley Temple dolls were the "Must Have" Christmas toy for 1934. Ideal was working full bore but couldn't meet demand. They would probably not have discarded a head just because the mark was damaged when the head was unmolded. The body is marked Shirley Temple 17. The dress is tagged as shown:
Condition of Doll for Sale
The composition head and body is in original condition with no crazing, cracks, rubs or repaint. As is often seen on compo Shirley Temple dolls, the eyes have crystallized. The vintage clothes are in good shape with no foxing, stains, rips or repairs.
The doll may have wear and flaws seen in used dolls. I try to describe significant flaws in my text and show them in picture. Read the text and examine the pictures to be sure you understand the dolls condition. If you have questions please email me.
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Vintage Composition Shirley Temple 17 inch Doll
$275 USD SOLD
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