1930-40 Penny Doll Girl with Hat 0- 3 1/4″ is a vintage Penny Doll -In GOOD vintage playwear condition, considering age. Painted- Brown cloche hat with a green ribbon bow, bright blue cape with pink neck trim and rust fur at the hem, complete with gold lil purse and rust brown shoes . There are NO major cracks or breaks! This delightful Penny doll is marked in mold on back – MADE IN JAPAN A216. JAPAN is lettered on bottom of feet. This beauty has a few production paint blemishes on face but the unusual detail more than makes up for them. Even has small freckles on face!
“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.