I have two boy/girl sets of wonderful mint in box Marie Polack dolls called Pennsylvania Dutch Dolls. They are the religious groups, the Mennonite group and the Amish group. This set is the first of the two, both sets having been in the estate of the family that at one time lived in Pennsylvania near Lancaster County where these religious groups settled in the U.S. You can see the dolls appear to have never been handled and according to the heir, they had not been out of the box until recently when I acquired them and photographed th. The original tissue is still in the boxes. The brochure in one of the boxes with the pair says "authentically showing the religious garbs of the 'Plain People.'" The brochure (copyright 1936) also tells the history of the religious groups and why they dress as they do. The dolls themselves have vivid coloring, rosy cheeks, painted features, molded hair under wigs, movable joints at the neck, shoulders and hips. They have on black painted knee boots. The young girl has blond hair with a center part and beautiful long braids down her back. The young boy has bobbed light brown hair. I believe their wigs are made of mohair. They were not expensive dolls in their day of origin, but they have become a big part of dolls through history and should be considered by collectors who have an interest in the history and the various representations of dolls. Finding composition dolls in this fine condition is extraordinary. Ground shipping on these dolls since they will require a box over 12 inches long.
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