Vintage Chinese Girl Penny Doll 1930-40 -In Excellent vintage playwear condition. Penny dolls were only fired once so often do not have much paint left. Paint has a little wear on back of legs. There are NO major cracks or breaks! This delightful Penny doll is marked in mold on back – JAPAN. Painted features on face include eyes and mouth and roses over her ears. Doll is holding small banjo type instrument in left hand. 3 7/8″
This lil girl is a wonderful addition for your collection.
“Penny” dolls with the easiest to find on the market are from Japan but there are wonderful versions from Germany and France as well. These dolls are usually made in bisque and are painted in bright colors. Since the bisque is not fired a second time after painting the paint wears off easy. Value is more based on details, condition of paint and arm positions, with crossed arms the most unusual. The dolls were often sold in sweet shops for a penny thus the name. The dolls were also sold in theme sets such as a wedding party complete with a little church or a group of cowboys, cowgirls and Indians. It is more difficult to find these still in sets but they do occasionally show up. These are fun to collect since there are so many varieties out there. I like to display in old print trays with a sheet of glass on front so I can hang on wall.