This beautiful blue-eyed girl is presented just as she came out of a local austin estate. By Cuno and Otto Dressel, this charming character face is sometimes referred to as a My Liebling type, as it closely resembles the desirable 117N mold by Kammer and Reinhardt. She has lovely bisque, sleeping glass eyes, and an open rosebud mouth exposing four tiny teeth. Her ball-jointed composition body is in wonderful shape, with amble rosy blushing on the hands, knees, and accenting the torso, and only minimal wear and crazing. The doll was found in an "American Character Doll" box and was carefully wrapped in old newspaper, including a page from the "Los Angeles Times" dated December 26, 1954. I suspect this darling doll was "restored" in the 1950s, as she wears a saran wig, dress, shoes, and socks more suited to that era. The dress is beautifully made, with a sewn-in net slip and tulle neckline, but would certainly be more appropriated on a doll like "Sweet Sue," as would the nylon underpants, rayon socks, and oil-cloth shoes. I suspect the eyelashes were added at that time, and, because the body is in such excellent shape, I wonder if it was repainted at the same time; if it was, whoever did it was a superb artisan, because the complexion is so smooth and even and the blushing subtly done. Her outfit, though anachronistic, is in excellent condition; it looks like she was redressed and bewigged, then carefully tucked away in the box for the next five decades. She will come with the American Character box and the old newspapers, as they are part of her history. Her bisque head has no breaks or repairs, although there is a small faint rub in the blush on her left cheek. The wig is still in its original set, complete with hairpins, but it is shedding slightly. Her saran wig was only loosely attached, but someone must have had problems removing her previous wig, because hidden under her wig were a number of scattered wig pulls around the rim of her head. Her body needs to be restrung and the left pinkie is missing (it would seem if her body was repainted in the 1950s, the person would have restored that missing digit as well, unless the loss happened later). This lovely lass is a twofer--a desirable German character doll to rewig and redress in a more appropriate manner, and a wonderful wig, outfit, and original box for a 1950s Sweet Sue or similar American Character doll.
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