Toward the end of the production of the Composition Shirley Temple dolls, Ideal made the makeup dolls with flirty-eyes.
This 13" doll was made at that time (ca 1939) when production was waning. This pretty little Shirley has a rare factory original tagged peach dress. I have seen this dress in a leaf pattern and in a dove pattern - but this one has a floral pattern with lattice. Not very many were made. The dress is in very good condition. If you look under a magnifying glass you can see that there are a couple of pin size holes and a few small repairs that are very hard to see with the naked eye. Attached to the dress is the original silk ribbon which is in good shape.
The rayon Shirley temple tag has bright print and not faded. It was reinforced and glued at the edge to stop it from fraying.
This little Shirley has dark eye shadow and enhanced hazel flirty eyes which work perfectly. Overall, her composition is in very good condition. There are a few craze marks on her face as shown, and very light crazing on the body and a few minor scuff marks. A little paint is worn from the tips of a few fingers. The composition has no touch ups. The coloration is bright and wonderful as her plump little cheeks are still very rosy and the blush on the knees is still bright as the day she was made. These magnified pictures make her look way worse than she is in person. Before them, I never noticed that minor paint wear on her fingertips and those few scuff marks . . When Displayed - well, she looks amazing!
She is tightly strung and poses well.
Her factory original blonde wig is really gorgeous and retains its original set. Her pretty blue hair ribbon is the perfect replacement. The pin shown was a replacement but I have just found her real one that is the one she will come home to you with. Her socks look to be original. They're a little stretched out. There is a little tear on one heel. Her shoes are original and wonderful! She has the original white cotton undergarment. It has a small repair at neck area.
She's a darling doll - so much cuter in real person. Indeed such a sweetie! All ready to display!
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