I am cleaning out my "projects closet," which includes these four bathing beauties in need of TLC. These lovely ladies would be wonderful for someone wanting to practice their restoration skills, wishing to make molds, or looking for some usual figurines for an art project. Or they look quite appealing simply displayed "as is." All four are of sharp precolored bisque and from the German firm of Hertwig and Company. These pieces are all old and authentic. Of the first pair, both have bathing suits and caps textured with "snow," bits of ground bisque that give the outfits a pebbly texture. The one lying on her right side has a pretty purple swimsuit and green cap. Her snow texturing is in very good condition, as it tends to wear or fall away over the decades and her painted features are bright. However, this flirtatious flapper has a chip on her nose. Her companion has a a yellow-green swimsuit and purple cap. She is in good condition for her age, other than typical wear on the snow of her swimsuit. Both bathing belles are approximately 3.25 inches long and are incised "5684" on the back bottom edge. The standing swimmer is 3.5 inches tall. Time has claimed patches of snow on her suit, as well as her cold-painted features, and there is a stain or substance on her face I have not tried to remove. The final flapper once had painted beachwear and features, but her coloring has worn or washed away over the decades. She is 3.25 inches long and incised on the back "Germany." Her face was blurred when it was removed from the mold.
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