A rare 1935 Madame Alexander Baby Jane composition doll in original window pane fabric tagged dress in unusual Madam(e) Alexander box. This very sweet toddler is 16" tall, has a socket head, painted brows and lashes and real upper lashes (some missing), brown sleep eyes (the sleep mechanism works perfectly), a button nose, an open smiling mouth with 4 upper teeth, rosy dimpled cheeks and original reddish brown mohair wig. She is incised on the back of her head Baby Jane Mme. Alexander.
Her composition body is jointed at the limbs. She is in very good condition with a few signs of wear. The tip of her left thumb is missing. There are some areas of paint loss and some cracks around one eye. There is a deep craze line on her lower back. She is tightly strung and she still displays very well.
Her original window pane organdy dress is tagged, "Universal Starlet - Baby Jane - Madame Alexander". Her dress as shown has some dinginess and probably has never been laundered - I'll leave that up to the new owner. It looks like with an Oxy-soak it will come clean, but I didn't want to take a chance of fading the original tag. There are a few areas that need simple mending. The original ribbon runs through the loops around the neckline and is split. This ribbon should be replaced so that the neckline can be gathered and the ribbon would tie in front bringing the neckline up to its proper place. Her socks and oil cloth shoes are also original. One sock is stretched out but displays just fine. The shoes are in wonderful condition.
She does not have undergarments but she came to me with an extra dress. It may be original to her or not - but is of the time period. It is a short sleeve cotton pink print dress with blue trim and it looks just adorable on her.
I am also including the original Madame Alexander box that I received her in. It was sold to me as her original box but I am not positive. The writing on the side has different notations, but she could have been put in this box anyway at the store.
I want to point out that this box is quite unique because as pictured the word Madame does not have that final "e" on the end, rather it is written only "Madam". Not only is the end of the box with the young picture of Madame Alexander there written only Madam - the logos throughout the box and lid are all missing the final "e" as well.
The box is in good condition but there is an area that was torn and has been taped. For my own knowledge if anyone has information about this manufacturing anomaly (no e in Madame), please let me know!
This rare Baby Jane doll was only produced in the year 1935 and only in this 16" size. The doll was made to portray Juanita Quigley who's film name was Baby Jane. Her first role was in the movie 1934 "Imitation of Life" as the 3 year old daughter of Claudette Colbert. She played sister to Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, also Darla, Alfalfa's love interest in the Little Rascals. As an adult she acted under her own name.
This is a very hard doll to find and they do not come up for sale very often. I think it is a must have for any serious Madame Alexander collector or one who collects celebrity dolls. The doll and box together are a very rare find indeed.