Mini Little Boy Penny doll is a perfect little bit of 2 inch mischeif for your collection! Frozen Penny boy has no chips or cracks with really good paint in playwear condition. Painted brown hair, a royal blue sweater, red shorts and face details. Shoes painted brown all round feet. There is a blue dash of paint on left leg that is original paint. Marked into mold on back “JAPAN” as well as “circle C”and A8 makers mark.
“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.