What an ADORABLE and RARE little doll baby... this is a 1937 all composition LITTLE CHERUB doll in All Original and exemplary CONDITION... and she is absolutely incredible. She stands just 17" -- a prize for any collector of composition dolls.
Manufactured by the Averill Doll Company which was started by Georgene Averill of the 'Madame Hendren' line of dolls, this exceptionally darling baby was designed by an employee of Averill... Harriet Flanders. Harriet originally wrote a book entitled "Little Cherub" and the doll was subsequently designed to accompany the book.
Very few of these little ones were made, and fewer still have survived well over the years. She is the largest of the two sizes made (smaller one just 12") and is the BEST and UNRESTORED 17" Cherub I have ever had -- from head to toe in beautiful condition but for the lightest of lightest intermittent crazing in just a couple of spots, and light rub at the lips and brows . She is appropriately marked on the nape of her neck "Harriet Flanders / 1937". This is a beautiful example of this very special doll, and she is presented to you with her ORIGINAL OUTFIT -- blue cotton lawn dress and bonnet -- replaced oilcloth moccasins, rayon socks, tiny little panties tied with ribbons at the hips, and BIG BLUE FLOPPY "Flower" Hat.
JUST IN TIME FOR the holidays.... have you ever seen anything quite like her?!!
I have always loved this little doll, because of her story, and her impish flirty glance is endearing to the heart, wouldn't you say? Doll herself is ALL ORIGINAL, with NO repaints, NO restorations of any kind but for replaced irises -- all painted features are intact, excellent composition all over -- only faint surface crazing in a few places, that does not show in the photos at all, as well as a small bit of paint wear at the joints and around the neck. It is like she is straight out of a time machine... gorgeous!
Cherub's head rotates on the neck flange easily, allowing you to place her in an 'infinite' variety of poses... really makes her little personality shine. Her body has bent arms and toddler legs -- Beautiful coloring and pink flesh tone lend this little sweetie pie all the desirable characteristics of a highly collectible doll... truly a fabulous find for those who love composition dolls.
I have included many photos for your assessment of this sweetest of baby girls... simply superb! Adorable face!
Beautiful blonde molded and painted hair is near perfection, with just one small lift in the surface that has been sealed and barely noticeable upon scrutiny. Darling little 'clumps' of sunny yellow color array in a burst around her little head... like a halo for the little angel she is!
She has a darling trousseau to bring home: ALL original fresh and clean blue organdy cotton dress with matching bonnet, panties with cute ribbon ties -- replaced oilcloth moccasins have ribbon ties.... all FABULOUS and a perfect fit for our Little Cherub here.
If you reference Ursala R. Mertz book, Vol. I "Collector's Encyclopedia of American Composition Dolls", you will find a dress variation to this original factory outfit on Little Cherub on page 119.
Gorgeous Sleepy Eyed * Harriet Flanders 1937 Compo 17" LITTLE CHERUB Baby
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