This cute little girl has the most unusual swivel neck. When WWI cut off the flow of German bisque dolls to the United States, the Japanese moved into the market, copying German doll heads and all bisque dolls. This charming child shows that the Japanese makers did more than simply copy European manufacturers, coming up with their own unique creations. She has a head, shoulder plate, and lower limbs of good quality bisque on the original red cloth body. What makes her so special is not only does she have a swivel head, but how the head is attached. Instead of using elastic, the head fits down into the hollow neck and when the piece was fired, the neck opening shrunk, firmly attaching the head, but allowing it to swivel (in fact, the head turns a full 360 degrees, in case you want to act out a miniature scene from "The Exorcist.") I have only seen this attachment before in an antique Japanese bisque doll in my collection, portraying a mischievous baby in traditional dress (he is the final picture and his tongue also moves in and out; he is just shown for comparison and is NOT for sale). This little girl also has an especially appealing and well decorated face and is dressed in beautifully hand sewn dress of vintage fabric lavishly trimmed with fine old lace. She is 6 inches tall and is incised on the back of her shoulder plate "PATENTED JAPAN." She is in wonderful condition for her age. There is some slight paint loss on her molded black shoes and some sort of hardened white substance on the back of her neck socket.
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