This darling bisque Schoolboy Penny Doll 1930-40 is 3.5 ready to go to school with his molded and painted red books in a strap lil’ cutie. Has a molded sailor cap painted blue with a brown ribbon down the back. Detailed molded hair and curls with auburn tint. Has a angelical face with molded and painted features. Wearing a bright yellow sweater and turquoise pants with molded buttons and a brown tie. Shoes and socks are molded with detail and shoes are painted. Paint is in good condition considering age and play but there are a few worn spots on back and on shoes. Marked on back in mold MADE IN JAPAN S250 . From his dimple knees to his pouty mouth this is a darling piece.
“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.