These twin 8 ¼” tall dolls came from a Texas estate. Each is wearing a blue dress with white rick-rack on the collars, patch pockets and around the hemline. The dresses button and tie in the back. Underneath is a full white button back slip with lace and full button back undies with lace. The dresses are handmade, but it was done by factory authorization. I have only seen three other dolls like this after having researched these two little girls extensively, and they all had the same dresses on; so I know that these are original to the dolls. If I were guessing, since these dolls come from the 1930s Depression era, the dresses were probably outsourced by the factory, and ladies probably made them at home for the manufacturer.
The dolls are light-weight composition or papier mache with molded and painted features (each doll only weighs about 4 oz.). They have a Patsy look to them with the bobbed hair and short bangs at the top of the forehead. I cannot find any marks on them nor are there any tags in the clothes. Their shoes and socks are also molded and have been painted the same color as their bodies. As you can tell from the photos, one twin has lost some paint on her face; she’s also missing the top of her right thumb. Each doll has some aging and loss of paint and the top layer of composition in places, but their impish faces are still just as cute as can be!! They are jointed at the legs, arms and head all of which are relatively secure.
These are priced as a pair.
What a darling addition to your doll collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Pair of Small Depression Era Composition Dolls – Patsy Look