Sunday, October 19, 2008

1953 Wendy Bride #1852 - SOLD

This doll is the 1953 Wendy Bride #1852, shown on page 197 of Linda Crowsey's Collector's Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander Dolls 1948-1965. According to the book, a mint version of this doll with bouquet and hat box books for $1,800.00 and up. Our doll does not have her bouquet or hat box, but she is definitely near-mint, and therefore an unbelievable deal at $275!

Wendy Bride is 18 inches tall and a walker. Her dress is tagged. We have a lot of pictures of her, but as you'll see they are all worth waiting for!

For sale: 1953 Madame Alexander Wendy Bride

For sale: 1953 Madame Alexander Wendy Bride

Wendy's face is lovely: nice painted brows and lashes, ruby lips, and delicate pink blush on her cheeks.

For sale: 1953 Madame Alexander Wendy Bride
Wendy's hair is also perfect, with the original pins and curls still in place, except for one tiny spot in the back where the curls droop just a touch — probably from being stored flat at some point.

1953 Wendy Bride with perfect hair

Side view of Wendy Bride's hair in the original set

Back view of Wendy Bride's hair in the original set

Wendy Bride has all of her original outfit, including her hard-to-find half slip with hoop! The hoop is bent from storage. I don't know if it could be straightened out or not, as we never tried. It doesn't detract from her beauty when she is on display.

Half slip with hoop on a 1953 Madame Alexander Wendy Bride

Wendy's undies, stockings, and shoes are in excellent condition. Her center snap satin shoes have the desirable fuzzy bottoms.

Undies, stockings, and shoes on a 1953 Wendy Bride

Center snap, fuzzy bottom shoes on a 1953 Wendy Bride

Besides the one small place where her curls are drooping in the back, the only flaw I can find is a small hole in one of her puffed tulle sleeves:

For sale: 1953 Madame Alexander Wendy Bride

This is an absolutely gorgeous, near-mint example of one of Madame Alexander's most beautiful brides in the 1950s!

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