Tennis Player Vintage Penny Doll Japan 1930-1940 is a 3 1/2″ vintage Penny Doll in very GOOD vintage playwear condition, considering age. Painted pink cloche hat with a green vest, yellow shirt black belt and pink pants and shoes with a bit of light blue paint. There are NO major cracks or breaks! This delightful Penny doll is marked in mold on back – MADE IN JAPAN 5651. JAPAN is lettered on bottom of feet as well. This beauty is unusual being a tennis player.
“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.