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Nelling, Inc.

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Sunny Lenci Mascotte

With her Lenci fabric label and metallic paper label, this cheerful girl (9 1/2" overall) is a joy to look at with her colorful felt costume in vibrant original colors, original from head to toe with her wide-brimmed hat, striped skirt with polka-dot apron and coordinating trimmed undergarments and shoes.  She has side-glancing painted eyes that peek out from behind her giant, hand-held sunflower and she retains her gold painted, wooden cross necklace.

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  A charming French store in wood, for play and display of assorted household and kitchen items.  There are labeled drawers, some of which retain their original handles, shelves and window displays to show merchandise, a moveable counter for tending to orders, and even a porcelain neighborhood dog to keep watch.  The original, detachable Epicerie sign runs across the top border.  11" Tall overall, 17 1/2" wide, 6" deep.

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Door of Hope Mission
Bride and Groom

  A lovely pair of Door Hope dolls from the Shanghai mission of the early 1900's, this bride and groom are in original condition with some fading of the gentleman's under tunic which can be seen only when lifting his long jacket.  Both dolls retain their head dresses, with that of the bride being quite spectacular in its colorful pom-pom height.  She has a detailed carved bun on the back of her head, and an ornate silk costume with hand-sewn bead adornments and embroidery.  The groom is 11 1/2" tall while the bride is 11" and both dolls have nicely carved, wooden heads and hands.

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Door of Hope Woman

Bound Feet


The aristocracy of China would bind the feet of their privileged infants so that, because of their incredibly small, deformed feet in the years to come, they would be dismissed from a life of hard work.  The Door of Hope Mission young girls included this facet of their society in their repertoire of dolls that they tediously dressed and decorated.  This is the seldom seen Door of Hope woman with tiny bound feet (10 1/2"), wearing a simple white cotton tunic and pants, and colorful bound slippers of silk fabric and embroidery (She is missing her over-jacket).  She has a carved bun with gold accents and she has the early style body with cloth hands.  There are a couple of dots of stray black paint on her right cheek, but a face with an especially sweet expression.

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Lenci Scottish Boy

It would probably be impossible to choose a favorite Lenci child as their catalogue covers and embraces so beautifully the vast variety of characters, cultures and personalities that it does.  One thing is for sure, if you have an interest, there is a Lenci doll to celebrate it!  Here we have a 300 series boy, 17" tall, who represents the country of Scotland in his colorful kilt outfit. He even has real coins in his mohair-covered sporran.
Hi brown painted, side-glancing eyes , light blond hair and pale skin tone make for a dramatic contrast with the vibrant tones of teal blue, cadmium orange, plum red and daisy yellow of his pleated and patterned felt costume, wool plaid blanket, leather laced-up shoes and felt cap that are all original and in excellent condition.  There is very low level of aging, no moth holes, no noticeable fading or soiling anywhere.  He is from the famed collection of Alexandra Sheldon, wife of Sidney Sheldon.

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Dolly Dingle Couple $695. the pair
Inspired by the Grace Drayton cartoon series and her Campbell Kids, this jolly pair of composition googlies (7") with swivel necks and arms, and side-glancing glass eyes are called Bobby Blake and Dolly Dingle.  The composition Campbell kids that we normally see with painted eyes were by Horseman, so we can assume the same for these, however they are more animated and with more detailed molding, not to mention the glass eyes.  The molded costumes speak for themselves and the condition of this pair is very good with a few losses of paint spots, but not distracting.


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