Circus Box Set Penny Dolls 1940 Japan



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This wonderful rare circus box set of Penny Dolls includes Ringmaster, horse, dog, tiger and monkey set in original box. Markings on back of box is 6016  Made In OCCUPIED JAPAN -(Japan was occupied and administered by the victorious Allies of World War II from the surrender of the Empire of Japan on September 2, 1945 at the end of the Second World War until the Treaty of San Francisco took effect on April 28, 1952.)Toys have not been played with so are in new condition. Boxed is fragile but complete.

“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.

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Weight 3 oz
Dimensions 5 × 4 × 2 in


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