1940 Penny Doll Boy with a pipe is a darling bisque frozen Penny doll that is a unique molded design. Painted bright yellow Homberg hat complete with red band and feather, blue painted pants, aqua trim and shoes and a very detailed molded coat. Completing this little jewel is a pipe accessory for a total ensemble. Has a bob haircut that is molded in details. Paint is in really bright condition on most of piecewith detailed eyes. I do not come across such detail in sculpt and paint very often in these small treasures. This has “MADE IN JAPAN A/27” molded in back. Japan stencil on bottom of foot.
“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.