I am pleased to present a nice example of a vintage composition Shirley Temple doll. Shirley was made by the Ideal Novelty and Toy company in the 1930's. Shirley is wearing an early pink dancing dress with the NRA tag and the embroidery on the bib collar. This version of the dress is from 1934. The latter versions of this dress had a different tag and no embroidery on the collar. The dress has never been washed and has the factory sizing and stiff box pleats. It also has the original wrist ties. The bottom front of the dress has some water marks (see close-up). From a distance she displays well but you need to be aware they are there if you look close. When I got her the onesie was very yellow so I washed it. The style of it looks right but the neck details and lace don't match any Shirley Onesie I have seen before so I have to assume it is a vintage replacement. Shirley is also wearing a nice mommy made sweater and tam hat. It has a few small holes but does look good with the pink dress.

Shirley is also wearing original center snap oilcloth shoes and replacement socks. Shirley's original tin litho eyes are clean and clear with no yellowing of the whites.
Shirley's hair is a little mussed and matted in the back but is all original in its factory set with her original blue ribbon. Shirley's 5 piece composition body has not been repainted or compo craze concealed. The torso and the legs have some paint cracks and chipping. The arms have some tight crazing and cracks with paint wear and chipping on the finger tips. The face painting is in good condition with a little wear on the eyebrows and lips. There are two small cracks in one of the upper eyelids.


Shirley Temple is 13 inches tall.


The head is marked: Shirley Temple
The body is marked: Shirley Temple
The dress is tagged : Genuine Shirley Temple Doll Registered U.S. Pat. Off. Ideal Novelty & Toy Co. Made in U.S.A.

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