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 blushed cheeks. She was purchased 'as found' in her original complete outfit -- all clothing in mint condition.
Buttercup is in MINT ALL ORIGINAL condition --NO Restorations of any kind.
This is the medium ABSOLUTE RAREST as well as SMALLEST size of the Buttercup 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 but for age coloration. She is jointed at the shoulders and hips. ALL ORIGINAL doll with NO paint RESTORATION, Buttercup has PERFECT molded painted blonde hair, and an open closed 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, elbows and knees still retain their original healthy glow of blush.
SHE HAS THE RARE Pink CELLULOID fingers 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 HOC. Her ORIGINAL 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 cotton organdy GOWN with matching BONNET, pink silk capelet, full SLIP, and pink flannel DIAPER. She is only missing her oilcloth side-snap shoes (which I think I have and will include if that is the case before sending her home). Her 'baby sweet' dress is made of white cotton organdy with French val lace trim and pale baby pink and blue embroidered accents. Her bonnet retains it's original pink silk ribbons which do have some light wear... afterall she is almost 90 years oldnnow. The entire outfit is complete and original.
INCLUDES her ORIGINAL HORSMAN Silver and Blue hang tag, pinned in front.
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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