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Scarce 16"/17" Painted Stockinette 5 Finger Ching School Boy
This is a scarcer 16" size of the Five Finger Ching Mission "School Boy" doll. The doll is 17" to the top of the pom pom on his hat. He is in painted with an open closed mouth showing 2 upper teeth. He has a fringe of black hair that shows under his cap. He has stockinette tab jointed arms with a seam at the elbow. The lower arms are painted. The hands are cupped with stitChed fingers an separate thumbs. Legs are tab jointed and stitched across the knees. The lower legs are painted. Feet are shaped with stitched toes. He is dressed in a light mauve silk linen tunic that is linen with ivory linen His black vest has frog closures and is linen. The boys cap is linen in linen. The clothing is all hand stitched. His bright turquoise shoes are embroidered and have little cat faces on the toes.. He wears linen stockings with ties at the ankle.
The dolls were made in the Five Finger Hills region Mission in Canton Province around 1920. The clothing is a replica of what was being worn in China at the time. The child dolls were made in 9" & 17" versions. This one is in sturdy and good condition. He is from an old collection and still has his 1973 UFDC 3rd place ribbon. In keeping with the doll's tradition of charitable works, profits from this doll will be used for public beautification projects in the Bridgeton, NJ area and to help support local animal welfare activities. Thank you for viewing this wonderful doll.
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