RARE doll -- 12" E.I. Horsman & Co. Baby Buttercup from the early 1930's, and produced for only ONE year. She is highlighted in Ursula Mertz's book of "Collectors Encyclopedia of American Composition Dolls".
Baby Buttercup has BEAUTIFUL ALL ORIGINAL coloring, with sweet light blushed cheeks. She was purchased 'as found' in her original complete outfit -- all clothing in mint condition.
Buttercup is in near MINT ALL ORIGINAL condition --NO Restorations of any kind.
I believe this is the smallest of the dolls produced and is about 12" tall (sitting 10" with her cute drawn up "baby" legs). She has a composition flange head, full arms and bent baby legs on a cloth body with a working crier inside. -- VERY RARE TO FIND WITH A WORKING CRIER. She is immaculately clean without any odors; her cloth body has virtually NO WEAR. She is jointed at the shoulders and hips. Her only imperfection is a small chip on the top of one of her 'pinkie' toes. ALL ORIGINAL doll with NO paint RESTORATION, Buttercup has PERFECT molded painted blonde hair, and a closed open mouth. Her body has original paint. NO CRAZING AT ALL -- NONE ANYWHERE -- ON THIS BEAUITIFUL BABY -- with smooth, even toned composition. The back of her hands and knees still retain their original healthy glow of blush.
SHE HAS THE RARE Pink CELLULOID finger and toenails -- Very special feature to a short handful of Effanbee dolls from the 1930s.
She is is marked appropriately on the nape of her neck. Her ORIGINAL BLUE tin litho eyes are perfect, opening and closing as they should with ALL of her brush lashes present, full, thick and even. All painted features are clearly defined and intact with just enough blush to compliment her creamy 'porcelain-like' complexion.
Baby Buttercup is dressed ALL ORIGINAL: Horsman FACTORY baby long GOWN, silk kimono jacket with matching BONNET, half SLIP, DIAPER and cotton VEST (undershirt). Her simple but 'baby sweet' dress is made of white cotton batiste with French val lace trim. The entire outfit is complete and original.
The historical value and short production run lend this little cutie all the desirable characteristics of a highly collectible doll. Truly a RARE find for any collector of Horsman or composition dolls.
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