1940 Penny Doll Boy Winter is a darling 3.5″ bisque Frozen Penny doll that is ready for the winter in a molded and painted stocking hat, red painted sweater and blue painted shorts/skirt. Has molded socks and shoes with a bit of brown paint still on shoes. Sweater, hat and skirt all have knit detail in mold which is a nice detail. Has a bob haircut that is molded and painted blond. Paint is in really bright condition on most of piece except left arm. There is a small original dash of gold paint on rt cheek. The right toe looks like a chip but there is brown pain over so this was as it came from factory. I do not come across such detail in sculpt and paint very often in these small treasures. This has “MADE IN JAPAN S250” molded in back. Japan stencil on bottom of foot. The separated leg stance is another detail that is not often found.
“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.