|Title:||Vintage Elf Doll|
|Description:||Appears to be a vintage decorated elf doll. It has a rubber face with wire arms and wooden peg legs and wooden feet. It is wearing a black top hat , black coat , tan vest with black felt buttons, red tie, striped pants. It measures 12 1/2 inches tall from bottom of feet to top of hat. There is some type of writing on back of neck but not sure if it is just the mold of head. He weighs only 7.2 ounces. Label on bottom of one foot says made in Japan. Blue label with gold lettering and border. The piece is in excellent condition.|
|Condition:||His face is in good condition with some whitish discolorations that rubs off with water. I did not want to wash him at all. Cloth coat has one small hole in back and is frayed in a few areas.|
|Origin:||got it at a yard sale.|
|Appraised By:||Rachael Goldman|
|History Of The Item:||While there are many rubber-bodied dolls which have been produced in Japan, there are a number of dolls of this type in the marketplace. The maker is unknown, but during the early 1950s-1960s rubber dolls became a mainstay.|
|Appraiser Tips:||It is best to keep the doll out of the direct path of sunlight. There are a number of issues dealing with fragility related to this doll. The clothing, though in good condition can begin to produce an odor akin to mold.|
|Research Sources:||It is important to remember that such a doll has a variety of values particularly in the secondary marketplace. The best place for comparison was on ebay, as ironic as it may be.
Modern Collectible Dolls: Identification & Value Guide (Modern Collectible Dolls) -- by Patsy Moyer
|Appraiser Comments:||There are a number of examples of this type on the marketplace and it should be appreciated for its beauty. As unfortunate as it may appear there is little information to get but the value was great.|
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