Penny Dolls Storybook Set of Five Japan


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This wonderful rare Storybook box set of Penny Dolls includes five differnt characters  set in original box minus lid. Markings on back of box are 530 5 pes JAPAN with each doll marked with JAPAN in molds. The dolls have maintained paint better on backs, which I assume from being in the box. I purchased this as set but cowboy has much more playwear than the rest… maybe a favorite!  Boxed is fragile. It is hard to find these still in set.

“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 5 oz
Dimensions 8 × 5 × 2 in


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