SALE Modeled after the childhood actress in the 1930's, here is a wonderful Shirley Temple in the rare Size 11", complete with her original red and white dress, white shoes and socks, and red ribbon. In addition, she has her pin, and the satin label is under the pin, but the writing has faded away. She has long sausage curls in what I would call more of a Strawberry Blond color, and her eyes are a blue grey color. I read where the other size dolls had green or hazel eyes. I wouldn't call these green, but they aren't perfectly blue either to me. Her eyes close when you lie her down, and open when she sits up, sometimes wider than others.
The original owner had this dress wrapped in paper towels so that she wouldn't be in the sun, and it helped somewhat. Her composition body has no crazing that I can see anywhere. The tip of one thumb looks like it had a boo boo, and the lashes on her left eye are not as straight across as the ones on the right, so there may have been an issue there.
***Thank you to a shopper who had a question about her eyes. They do indeed open fully, and I am adding a couple of pictures to show them.***
Shirley's clothes do not come off, because the underclothes are sewn all as one piece with the dress, and there are red bows on each of her wrists, lightly sewn to the dress, so that when she raises her arms, the dress is held out with her, so I couldn't undress her. At least I didn't feel I could because I might compromise her condition. Underneath her red hair ribbon in the back, you can see part of a Shirley marking, but I would have to pull the glue to see the rest, so again, I did not force anything by trying to remove her wig at all.
On her back, she is marked "Shirley Temple 11." There weren't nearly as many of the No. 11 dolls made, so they are harder to come by. The clothes worn by these 11" dolls wore replicas of the dresses from the Shirley Temple Movies. This little gal's red and white polka dot dress with the ruffled collar and red bows to match, is a bit fragile, with a couple of places where it looks as if the fabric has just thinned so much that it's left some small tears, mostly around the bottom edge of the ruffled collar, but otherwise it's in good shape, just not a vivid red as it probably once might have been. It has more of a subdued red color to the dots, while the bows are still bright red. The socks also have some wear to them, but I was just thrilled to find her with her original shoes and socks.
Her button/identification pin is not the full body one that was the very earliest, but the one where she has her finger up to her cheek. Again, just wonderful to find the pin and tag still present, even if the writing has faded on the tag.
And don't you just love the dimples on these Shirley Temple dolls. She just looks so precious, even at her age of approximately 80 years old...almost as old as the actress Shirley Temple Black was when she died. I believe she was 88.
Shirley could use a good cleaning, but I just didn't want to tamper with her much at all, and leave her in "as found" condition. Take a good look at all the pictures to see for yourself that her body seems all very good! I'm not sure if this is the way her head was supposed to be attached in the back, so that you could roll it forward and see the opening, but again, just did not want to compromise her condition at all, so she is being sold as found. I figure you as the new owner will want to gently clean her and perhaps mend a little here and there with her garment, or perhaps you will leave her as is too.
*****The owner has said to mark this great doll down for Christmas sales!***
I just know that these 11" Shirley Temple dolls don't come around very often, so I was thrilled to be able to list this one for the owner who now has her. She is a consignment doll, and the owner is an antique dealer in Southern Illinois. I do believe you will love her, especially if you do not have this particular doll to add to your collection!
I am always happy to combine purchases to save you on shipping, so please be sure to let me know if you are interested in other items I have listed. This wonderful doll will be safely wrapped and packed for mailing, with plenty of bubble wrap and packing peanuts for her journey to your home!
Thanks so much for shopping with me, and God Bless You ! May we honor Him in all we say and do!
***International buyers, there is no tracking nor insurance available with First Class International shipping, so please understand that once the package leaves my hands, I have no control on how it travels, or how long it takes to get to your country. I will pack carefully for travel, but that's the best I can do once it is shipped. I have never had any trouble with a buyer receiving the item until this summer, and that was in Thailand. I apologize, but I also am unable to ship to Russia.***
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