For your collecting pleasure I am offering this vintage character doll made by Mary Pala. It is estimated she was made between 1938 and 1950.
I am not a doll collector and do not claim to be an expert so if I miss something please send me an email. I believe she is made of wax over composition and her face does show slight crazing, however this is not noticeable unless you take a close look at her. As you can see from the photos she is missing one earring. She has plaited braids which are in beautiful condition and made of cotton or silk floss. As her hair is glued to the nape of her neck it is not possible to determine if there is a manufacturer's mark... All fingers are present with no repairs and she is wearing a gold (painted), wedding band on her left hand... She is adorned in a beautiful peach-colored gown with no stains. There are many green velvet bows down the front of her dress and at sleeve edges. These are all present and in good condition.. She is holding a large, brown felt hat which has a beige piece of lace attached to it. I imagine it would have been used to secure the hat on her head. The beige lace, which is also present on her bodice, sleeve edges, and surrounding the hat, is in excellant condition with no holes or repairs. She is reclining on a heavy box that is positioned on a fabric covered platform. Her little leather shoes, with matching green velvet bows are perfect. On her legs she is wearing beige stockings as well as cotton pantaloons which are in beautiful condition. She is considered to have an armature body. Her under slip is cream-colored with no issues to mention. On the bottom of the platform, upon which she sits, there is a crude leather tag which reads "Mary Pala Doll" (see photo). In total, she is 8 inches in height.
I had an online appraisal done in 2007 which will be included in the sale. She is considered "high end" and I am selling her far under the suggested replacement value. For you serious doll collectors, the appraiser referred to similarities of Judith Condon's dolls as seen in, "Spinning Wheels Complete Book of Dolls".
I am happy to email additional photos.
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