Here comes a sweet vintage Kathe Kruse girl, a so called German Child or doll VIII, 52 cm / 20 inches tall (measured to the middle of the head) and produced from 1955 to 1958.
We can date the doll precisely because her head is made of Tortulon, an early plastics formula very similar to celluloid, invented by another famous German dollmaker: Schildkrot. Sadly, the colour on the hand painted faces was not very stable and so the Tortulon heads were used only in this short period of time. (Earlier Kathe Kruse heads are made of cloth and after 1958 they used another kind of plastic). As you can see on the sweet face of our doll, some of the rouge is missing and the skin tone is kind of uneven, some former owner might have tried to wash the face and so some colour came off. The eyes and mouth however are completely original and all in all, the old Kathe Kruse girl has a nice expression on her sweet face!
The wig is made of human hair and in finest condition.
The cloth body is hand stuffed with horsehair and all original, with disk joints for the legs and moveable arms. Under the left foot you see the faint remains of the Kathe Kruse control number (from 1958 on this number was not used anymore, instead the dolls have a Kathe Kruse signature stamp under their feet).
The cloth body has some water marks but is otherwise fine as you can see in the photographs.
The blue cotton dress looks homemade, probably from some old tablecloth, the white cotton apron might be a bit younger than the doll but still vintage. The socks are old, and the white leather shoes are genuine Kathe Kruse shoes, most likely not the original shoes of the doll, but still vintage too. The underwear our girl is wearing is of newer make, probably from the 1980s.

Please do be aware that this listing is for the vintage Kathe Kruse doll ONLY, all other items you see in the photographs will NOT come with the old Kruse doll!

*Please notice: This vintage Kathe Kruse doll belongs not into the hands of children; it may not fulfill the safety standards for toys in our time! So, it is not meant as a toy, though an adult collector’s & vintage toy lover’s item for display & decoration only!

Handling, worldwide shipping and insurance are included in our prices! We will ship all items in an insured package or registered letter on Priority Mail and provide a tracking number. Exceptions may apply in times of international crisis, such as pandemic or war!

Handling, worldwide shipping and insurance are included in our prices! Few Corona related exceptions may apply!
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Kathe Kruse

Hildegard’s Toy Emporium

Käthe Kruse girl German Child 20" made 1955 to 1958

~ $775

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