Friday, October 31, 2008

Elise in her peignoir set

This doll is not one I have up for sale, but another of my Elise dolls. Madame Alexander Elise is by far one of my favorite dolls to collect, albeit one of the most expensive dolls I collect, so I have several nice ones!

I bought Elise's peignoir set several years before I bought the doll to wear it. In fact, the peignoir set was one of my earliest Elise purchases. For some reason many people don't care for nighties and peignoir sets, so I bought this tagged, near-mint set for an extremely good price.

Madame Alexander Elise doll

Elise's peignoir set is made of a light pink material that is like super-silky, super-soft, super-light nylon. My mom has an Elise peignoir from her childhood that is made of a slightly different material. I think my mom's is Elise's crepe peignoir, but I'm not sure what material mine is made of.

Elise's peignoir and nightie

The doll, on the other hand, I bought just a few years ago at a local doll show. The man I bought her from collected and redressed Elise dolls, and had many beautiful examples. In particular, I remember an Elise doll dressed in an exquisite black ballerina outfit that appeared to be patterned off of Elise's original ballerina outfits.

Anyway, what triggered my interest in this doll was her perfect wig, which still has its original barrette, and is still tied up in its original hairnet. (I have a penchant for Madame Alexander Elise dolls with perfect hair, it seems!) The wig is a beautiful golden blond color, and very shiny.

Madame Alexander Elise original wig

Elise's face color is slightly paler than her body, with a very faint grey cast, but as you can see in the pictures, her vivid blush and lip color more than makes up for it.

Elise doll's face

Elise also has beautiful original rhinestone drop earrings. Since she has the hairdo that was often reserved for ballerinas and brides, these earrings make me wonder what she wore originally.

Madame Alexander Elise original earrings

Finally, Elise wears pink taffeta panties that I actually stole off of another Elise, one of the two Elise dolls I have left that I haven't photographed. I think she was probably a pink bride originally, but since she isn't any longer, I gave her pretty pink undies to this doll.

Madame Alexander Elise's pink taffeta panties

Eventually I would like to find her a pair of Elise's pink low-heeled mules with the big pink flower on each toe. If I can't find a pair, though, I may have to have replicas made. I hate doing that, but reproduction shoes are better than no shoes at all!

Here my Elise doll is, all ready for bed. Isn't she a lovely girl?

Elise is ready for bed!

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

New doll pics, coming soon...

I mentioned in my post about the doll show that I bought a new doll there. I will take some pictures and post them soon, but first I think I am going to clean her up and soak her dress. (Someone has washed it and wrung it out — arrghhhh — but a good soaking should remove most of the wrinkles!)

In the meantime, I have plenty of other dolls that I have photographed and have yet to blog about, including some other dolls for sale, so stay tuned!

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Live blogging the doll show!

Here we are at the doll show, with an hour left to go! I can get wireless Internet here, so I wanted to post an update.

It has been a long day — I got up at 6:30 am to get dressed, get breakfast, and load up the car with my mom. We arrived just before 8:00, with an hour to get ready before the doors opened to the early birds.

The first hour and a half was our best. Within perhaps forty minutes, I sold three dolls — my 1950 Wendy Bride and two Binnie Walker "project dolls" — as well as some vintage doll clothing. Of course, I also bought a doll (which I will post pictures of soon), so I pretty much broke even.

My mom sold several doll books and some more vintage clothing — enough to buy a different doll book she wants. I guess that's really why we do these doll shows: so that we can buy more!

I took a picture of our booth before we sold a couple of things:

Our booth at the doll show

The next doll show is December 7th, and we're planning on doing that one too. I think next time I'll market a little better, and perhaps we'll get some more money — or should I say, some more dolls!

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1950 Madame Alexander Wendy Bride - SOLD!

We will be at the doll show for much of the day today, but I thought I would post pictures and a description of one more of the dolls we are selling. I'll let you know if she is still available after the show!

This 14-inch strung bride is an early Madame Alexander hard plastic Wendy Bride, dating from 1950. She is all original and has clearly never been played with; unfortunately, she has probably been displayed in open air for many years, and her fragile outfit is discolored and deteriorating.

For sale: 1950 Madame Alexander Wendy Bride

First let's look at her positive qualities:

1) Wendy Bride is all original. She has white oilcloth shoes with bows (one bow missing), thigh-high rayon stockings, and white taffeta undies. She even has her original bouquet still tied to her hand. It looks like it's never been removed so I left it alone.

All original 1950 Madame Alexander Wendy Bride

2) Wendy Bride's dress is tagged.

Tagged 1950 Madame Alexander Wendy Bride
3) Wendy Bride has a beautiful strawberry-blond mohair wig, still in the original set. Mohair is super soft, and is therefore notoriously difficult to work with. To find it still in the original set like this is extremely rare. And I love the color of this wig!

Mohair wig on an early hard plastic Madame Alexander doll

Mohair wig on an early hard plastic Madame Alexander doll

Now for her problems:

1) Wendy Bride's dress and veil is in extremely poor condition. There are many large holes in the netting and it all feels extremely fragile. It also is a little discolored with age, most likely from being stored in open air for quite some time.

Early strung hard plastic doll with original clothes

2) Wendy Bride's face appears to be a little discolored. I hardly noticed this before taking the pictures, but my camera picked it up: Her face, besides being pale, has some varying shades of flesh tone.

1950 Wendy Bride

A pristine mint example of the 1950 Wendy Bride appears on page 194 of Linda Crowsey's Collector's Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander Dolls 1948-1965. The caption says that in mint condition, she books for $900 and up.

Now, my doll is clearly not even close to being in mint condition, but even considering her problems $65 is a reasonable price. Perhaps some talented seamstress could remake her dress and make her beautiful again!

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Our first doll show is tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the doll show — the first doll show my mom and I have ever sold at, although we have frequently attended these events. We are very excited!

We are taking a number of dolls with us, as well as a big box of doll clothing. I didn't get around to posting pictures and descriptions of everything we'll be selling, but here are the ones I did get to:

* Madame Alexander Princess Elizabeth outfit

* Madame Alexander strung Maggie

* 16-inch strung Effanbee Honey

* Fortune Ninette or Duchess Randi

* 19-inch Horsman Cindy fashion doll

* 1953 Madame Alexander 18-inch Wendy Bride

* Vogue Ginny Formals #6062

* Vogue Ginny in school dress and raincoat

We are taking many other dolls to the show with us: a 1950 M.A. Wendy Bride, several Cosmopolitan Ginger dolls, a Madame Alexander "India" Alexander-kins, and more. Unfortunately, I underestimated the time I would need to get ready for the show, and ran out of time to photograph and post on each one.

After the show I will post updates, and list items for sale that are still available. Stay tuned!

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Vogue Ginny SLW in school dress and raincoat - $25 DRESS/SHOES ONLY

Here's another Vogue Ginny for you Ginny collectors: a SLW (straight leg walker) doll in a pretty pale yellow tagged school dress, and a red and black Ginny raincoat.

For sale: Vogue Ginny SLW in a school dress and raincoat

One of this Ginny's best selling points is her beautiful face. She has lovely blue eyes, perfect lips and brows, and prettily blushed cheeks.

For sale: Vogue Ginny SLW in a school dress and raincoat

Ginny also has beautiful long brown hair. I believe the wig was meant to be in pigtails, because the stitched part continues all the way down to the nape of her neck. However, it also looks pretty in loose waves, so I'll leave the decision to her new owner.

For sale: Vogue Ginny SLW in a school dress and raincoat

Ginny's dress is tagged with the Medford tag, which dates it to 1954-1956 — appropriate for a SLW doll. She wears basic undies just like those our Ginny Formals #6062, also for sale, wears under her bloomers. Her shoes are marked Ginny and don't have heels, which makes them the hard-to-find 1954 shoes.

Ginny will also come to you wearing a red-and-black plaid raincoat, marked "Ginny" on the hood. This vinyl raincoat is not original to this doll; we added it after we bought her several years ago, but it looks so cute on her, we just can't sell one without the other!

Original vinyl Ginny raincoat

Original vinyl Ginny raincoat

This Vogue Ginny is a beautiful little girl, but her outfit isn't as desirable as our Ginny Formals #6062, so we have priced her a little lower. She is a real bargain at $75!

Please note: The doll has sold, but her dress and shoes are still available for $25. Raincoat is available for $5.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Vogue Ginny Formals #6062 - $75

This darling little socialite is a Vogue Ginny BKW (bent knee walker) wearing a tagged 1956 Formals #6062. The outfit is meant to be for a SLW (straight leg walker) doll, but we bought her from the original owner and she didn't know anything about the outfit being changed.

For sale: Vogue Ginny BKW in tagged Formals #6062

For sale: Vogue Ginny BKW in tagged Formals #6062

As you can see, Ginny's eyebrows have some rubs. She has a beautiful wavy blond wig that goes perfectly with her formal gown. Her hair may have been cut but if so it was done well, and the length suits her.

For sale: Vogue Ginny bent knee walker

For sale: Vogue Ginny bent knee walker

As far as I can tell, Ginny has all of her original outfit except for her pink tulle wrap and her black velvet hat. Her tagged dress is in perfect condition, and the taffeta on both the dress and the bloomers is crispy mint. The bloomers do have stretched elastic. Underneath the bloomers she wears what I believe must be the standard Ginny undies, so she may have been a nude doll that was bought and dressed (which would explain the different year on the outfit).

Vogue Ginny Formals #6062

I believe Ginny's shoes are also original. They are black satin ballerina slippers with fuzzy bottoms. They are in great condition too, and the fuzzy bottoms are perfectly intact.

Vogue Ginny Formals #6062

Vogue Ginny Formals #6062

You can find this Vogue Ginny on page 131 of Judith Izen and Carol Stover's Collector's Encyclopedia of Vogue Dolls, the pink edition (1998/2000). Ginny dolls from the 1950s are worth quite a bit, particularly in the formal outfits, so get this beautiful doll now for only $95 $75. Take advantage of this special price and buy her now — just in time for Christmas!

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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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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Horsman Cindy 19-inch fashion doll - SOLD!

This 1950s/1960s fashion doll is a 19-inch Horsman Cindy. She has a soft vinyl head with rooted hair, a hard vinyl body, a swivel waist, and jointed knees. Vivid coral face paint adorns her lips and cheeks, and painted lashes frame her clear blue-green eyes. Her hair is strawberry blond and very definitely out of its original style, but not quite as frizzy as most Cindy fashion dolls I see.

For sale: Horsman Cindy 19-inch fashion doll

This doll came to me naked, but she'll come to you with three different dresses, two pairs of shoes, one pair of nylons, and one pair of earrings. The earrings, nylons, shoes, and one of the dresses are all modern reproductions.

The first dress is a beautiful aquamarine 1950s-style street dress that was made for me by a very talented local seamstress. It features a snug bodice and a full skirt supported by a separate half-slip in matching satin and tulle. There are also matching satin undies that tie on one side of her waist with a ribbon. I chose this color because it brings out the blue in her eyes.

Horsman Cindy in custom-made dress

Horsman Cindy in custom-made dress

Cindy will also come to you with two different vintage dresses, both most likely homemade or made by average seamstresses. Neither fits her perfectly, but since I bought them for her I thought they ought to stay with her.

The first is a green taffeta that makes her eyes look more green than anything. It has a little fur poof at her waist and closes in the back with a couple of hook-and-eye closures. It is very definitely from the 1950s era, judging by the quality of fabric. It comes with a stiff tulle slip.

Horsman Cindy in vintage taffeta

The other dress is a little more worn, a multi-colored dress of some sort of nylon fabric that reminds me of imitation silk, vintage but perhaps not quite as old. It closes in the back with several large round sewing snaps.

Horsman Cindy in multi-colored nylon silk

She has two pairs of shoes, white and blue, so that she can color coordinate as she pleases. She also has modern earrings and stockings to complete her outfits.

Her problems are her slightly frizzy, mussed hair, a touch of "green ear" around the earring holes (invisible with her earrings in), and a pale body that no longer matches her peachy-tan complexion.

These Horsman Cindy dolls are hard to find, especially with the 19-inch jointed body — usually you see the slightly smaller dolls with the stuffed rubber bodies. This Cindy is a beautiful example of a large 1960s fashion doll, and a real steal at $55!

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Cleaning mold off of a hard plastic strung doll

I recently blogged about a Nancy Ann Style Show doll we are selling. Dash of Spice is made of painted hard plastic, a type of doll that seems to be rather susceptible to mold problems.

Basically, a fine, almost powdery mold grows on the painted surface of the plastic — I'm assuming only on dolls that are stored in humid climates, as Colorado (where we live) is too dry for that type of thing. The mold can be cleaned off but tends to leave pale discolorations where it grew.

My mom bought Dash of Spice fairly early in our years of collecting and acquiring dolls. We're not sure if we just didn't notice then, or if it has gotten worse over the years, but when we were getting ready to take her picture we noticed that she had a powdery-like white residue on her clothes. We stripped her, and found splotches of mold on her arms, chest, back, and legs.

At the same time, I realized that the doll was filthy: She had a thin shadow of dirt over every bit of exposed plastic. I immediately set out to clean her up.

I like to use Cathie Lee doll cleaner, which you can buy on eBay, for cleaning hard plastic dolls. Rather than applying it with a rag, I cut into thirds those red scrubby pads that are made to clean glass cooktop surfaces without scratching, and use that. It's gentle enough not to remove paint from the plastic, but scrubby enough to help remove caked-on dirt — like what was on my mom's Nancy Ann Style Show doll.

Here is a nice before-and-after demonstration: a picture of the dolls legs after only one of them had been cleaned. The focus is a little soft, but you can still tell that the leg on the left (your left) looks a little more grey than the other. That's not a shadow that makes the leg look darker — it's dirt!

Cleaning a hard plastic doll

This ought to demonstrate how much you can improve a hard plastic doll's appearance by cleaning it — if you have a good doll cleaner and are careful not to take off any paint, of course!

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Nancy Ann Style Show "Dash of Spice" - SOLD!

This little beauty of my mom's is an 18-inch strung Nancy Ann Style Show doll. The outfit is called "Dash of Spice" and the doll dates to the early to mid 1950s. (I don't know the exact year — I'll have to look that one up!) We are asking $150 for her.

Nancy Ann Stye Show doll for sale: Dash of Spice

Dash of Spice has absolutely beautiful face paint. Nancy Ann Style Show dolls had not only blush and painted eyelashes, but also smoky eye shadow. You can see her gorgeous face quite clearly in this picture.

Nancy Ann Stye Show doll for sale: vivid face paint

Her hair is also still tied back into the original chignon.

Nancy Ann Stye Show doll for sale: original hairstyle

Dash of Spice has all of her original costume except for her hoop, which would have been sewn into a half slip worn under her dress. The Nancy Ann Style Show dolls had voluminous skirts with great big hoops, which is why the dress is so long. A seamstress could probably make a new hoop slip for her.

Also, the lace trim on her dress is rather torn. It would probably improve her appearance a great deal to carefully trim away the tattered lace, but I'll leave that decision to the buyer.

Her undies, stockings, and shoes are all original and in great condition.

Nancy Ann Style Show original undies, stockings, and shoes

One of Dash of Spice's best features is her hard-to-find silver foil hang tag. On the outside it reads "Style Show by Nancy Ann / 1504 Dash of Spice". On the inside it lists all of the Style Show dolls' names and numbers. The hang tag is a little bent and the crease where it folds in half is torn partway up, but hey, it looks pretty good for a 55-year-old piece of paper!

For sale: Nancy Ann Style Show with original hang tag

For sale: Nancy Ann Style Show with original hang tag

Besides her missing hoop slip and tattered lace, the doll's only problem is that she is a mold survivor. Her painted hard plastic body has the odd splotchy discolorations that comes from mold, but she has been thoroughly cleaned with a good doll cleaner. Her dress also had a powdery white residue on it, presumably from the mold, which has been wiped away as best as possible with a soft (dry) cotton cloth.

The discolorations on her back, chest, arms, and legs is faint, so the camera doesn't pick it up very well. You might be able to see some of it in this picture on the left side of her back if you look closely. You can also see a faint semi-circle where one of her snaps left a slight dent and discoloration on her back. Fortunately, none of this will ever show when she is dressed!

Mold discoloration on a 1950s hard plastic doll

Even with her issues, she is a beautiful, hard-to-find doll — and a great deal for $150. Nancy Ann Style Show dolls are highly collectible, especially the early strung ones!

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Doll show in two weeks

We have only two weeks left to go until the doll show where my mom and I will be offering some of our dolls for sale!

We still have a lot to do before then. We need to buy supplies (price tags, stickers, receipt books, etc.), write out price tags, and pack everything up. I'd like to post pictures of more of the dolls and outfits we're selling on this site, and I'm also thinking of having some last-minute business cards made to market my website and ebook.

So exciting!

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

The construction of Active Miss and Sweet Violet

A couple of days ago I blogged about my Madame Alexander Active Miss, one of my luckiest finds and among the rarest dolls in my collection.

One of the things I think is so interesting about Active Miss and Sweet Violet is their construction. A year or two later it became common to put vinyl arms with jointed elbows on walker dolls, but Sweet Violet and Active Miss both have hard plastic arms. Moreover, instead of having springs holding their jointed elbows together, as in the vinyl arms, their arms are fully strung — that is, a rubber band goes down into the wrist of each arm.

The result is a fully poseable doll that can achieve some pretty lifelike poses.

Fully poseable Madame Alexander Active Miss

My doll does not need restringing, but eventually I hope to get my hands on an Active Miss or Sweet Violet that does, so that I can take pictures and create an instruction booklet for restringing more complicated dolls such as these.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Madame Alexander Active Miss: One of my luckiest finds

One of the best parts about being a collector — of anything — are the occasional lucky finds. My Madame Alexander Active Miss was one of those.

1954 Madame Alexander Active Miss

Active Miss was only made for one year, 1954. She was made using the exact same body and face as Sweet Violet, a highly desireable doll for collectors that was made between 1951 and 1954.

Active Miss has the lovely Cissy face that was also used on Winnie Walker and Binnie Walker. The really interesting thing about her, though, is that her body is fully jointed: In addition to be jointed in the usual places (neck, shoulders, and hips), Active Miss is also jointed at the elbows, wrists, and knees.

Fully jointed Active Miss

Active Miss and Sweet Violet were the only dolls with this body, which is probably why the dolls is so sought after by collectors — not to mention so valuable: It's unique. A mint Sweet Violet doll can sell for $900 and up, and Active Miss is worth $850 and up.

Of course, my Active Miss is nowhere near mint, but she is the best example I have ever seen. I have only seen Active Miss on eBay two other times, and both times the doll was missing substantial parts of her outfit. My Active Miss doll's flaws are few: She is missing her hat, her hair has been combed, and the elastic on her half slip has relaxed over time. Still, her organdy dress retains its sizing, her original stringing is tight, and she shows only light play wear.

Active Miss in her original outfit

The best thing about my Active Miss was the phenomenal price I got her for. The seller had listed her so that the auction ended at about 3:00 am, and on top of that had no idea what she was. As a result, I won her for about $207 — less than half of what the other Active Miss dolls have sold for on eBay (even missing half their outfits).

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New pictures of Margot

My very first post on this blog was about my 1961 Madame Alexander Margot, my sister's gift to me last Christmas. The pictures I showed on that first post weren't very good — just pictures of Margot on display in my doll case — so I took a few new ones:

1961 Madame Alexander Margot

Her face paint is beautiful, with Margot's elaborate eye makeup and gorgeous soft pink blush on her cheeks:

My 1961 Margot's beautiful face

Her hair is in the original set, not a single strand out of place.

Margot's hair, perfect in the original set

Her beautiful purple satin gown is tagged on the inside, so that there's nothing on the outside to mar its elegance.

Madame Alexander Margot's beautiful gown!

You'll remember I also posted a link to a stunning — and expensive — example of a Margot. With the exception of my doll's missing hang tag, I think she is every bit as perfect as the one in Lia Sargent's catalog!

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

A pristine mint example of my Cissette

I blogged the other day about my Cissette in the drop-waisted floral street dress, so I wanted to share with you this link of a pristine mint Cissette in the same outfit. The doll is from Lia Sargent's catalogs, which I have linked to before in previous blog posts.

Lia Sargent calls this outfit "Cissette is Going to the Flower Mart Today" and says the doll is #811 of 1958. Good information to have!

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Madame Alexander Cissette in a pretty floral outfit

Let's take a break from the "for sale" listings and look at a pretty piece of eye candy that I have no intention of selling: a beautiful 1957 or 1958 Madame Alexander Cissette, one of my "project dolls" whose outfit I put together piece by piece.

1957 or 1958 Madame Alexander Cissette

This ensemble started with shoes. I bought a Cissette doll on eBay from a local doll store, and they lost one of her shoes, so they gave me a pair that didn't match her dress: cream shoes with green felt lining.

The next piece I acquired was a green felt jacket tagged "Cissette," but I no longer consider that part of the outfit because the dress is far cuter without it.

The dress features a beautiful drop waist, puff sleeves, square neckline, and a pretty white cotton print with green and blue floral wreathes. The correct 1950s vintage Cissette undies, half slip, and stockings complete the outfit.

1957 or 1958 Madame Alexander Cissette

The doll who wears it is lovely — a pretty blonde with perfect ruby lips, perfect hair, and original rhinestone drop earrings.

1957 or 1958 Madame Alexander Cissette

There's been a few times I've considered selling her, but as soon as I take her out and look her over I change my mind.

Isn't she lovely?

1957 or 1958 Madame Alexander Cissette

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fortune Ninette or Duchess Randi - NFS

This doll is a painted lash Cosmopolitan Ginger or Ginger clone that I have redressed in an outfit that was used for both the Fortune Ninette and the Duchess Randi. Both dolls were moderate-quality Ginger clones — that is, they used the same dolls as Cosmpolitan Ginger, and redressed them in clothing that was pretty good quality, though not as nice quality as Cosmopolitan Ginger's outfits.

A MIB Fortune Ninette wearing this outfit is pictured on page 91 of Carol Stover's Small Dolls of the 40s and 50s.

For sale: Fortune Ninette or Duchess Randi

The doll itself is in fair condition, with green sleep eyes that stick a little, painted lashes with some rubs, and vivid cheek blush. Her walker works, but feels a little loosey-goosey.

The wig is the biggest problem, as it is flattened and a little frizzy. It is, however, styled into a loose rolled flip, so I haven't tried to recondition or restyle it, as these soft Dynell wigs are notoriously difficult to work with.

For sale: Fortune Ninette or Duchess Randi

I put her outfit together myself, piece by piece, but it is all 1950s vintage and appropriate. The white-and-red satin dress has the Greek key "Ginger snap" and is pictured on page 91 of Stover's Small Dolls. It has been laundered. The undies are the white satin undies with loop trim that was often used on Ginger clones and other Ginny knockoffs. The socks are a touch brown with age, but the shoes are the correct unmarked Mary Janes with intact buttons and straps.

For sale: Fortune Ninette or Duchess Randi

The hat does not have its flowers and has a couple of chips out of the edge of the brim, but appears to be correct. The hat alone is worth half her price, as these vintage hats are getting difficult to find!

For sale: Fortune Ninette or Duchess Randi

Like the other dolls we are planning on selling at the doll show, Ninette is priced to move. I fully expect she will sell, so if you are interested in purchasing her please contact me prior to October 20th.

Please note: I've decided not to sell this doll after all, but left the pictures here for everyone to enjoy!

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