|Title:||French WWII doll|
|Date/Era/Period:||Cousin sent it to me in 1945|
|Description:||Papier mache doll from France; World War II|
|Condition:||Right eye needs fixing; doll could use some restringing; some damage on upper right leg where elastic stringing material has cut into leg fibers.|
|Provenance:||My aunt was an Army nurse in WWII and sent me this doll as a gift in 1945.|
|Appraised By:||Deborah Allen|
|Appraiser Comments:||All my research shows that your doll is most likely made by UNIS - which is "Societe Francaise de Fabrication de Bebes et Jouets" or S.F.B.F. of Paris and Montruil-sous-Bois, France. Circa 1922-1938.
I still feel that her head is bisque and not papier-mache. Bisque will feel cool to the touch and have a slight sheen to the finish in the light. Papier-mache is more dull and hollow-sounding when tapped. Also papier-mache rarely has that perfect finish I see to your doll's head. Over time the papier-mache finish tends to crackle.
Either way it is wonderful antique doll and I hope you are able to find someone who can reset the eyes for you and restring her. There are doll hospitals in some states or on the internet.
She is considered a "Costume Doll". They were dressed to represent different cultures around the world.
You will see two values at the end of this appraisel. The first is the value as she is now - if you tried to sell her to a dealer. The second is the replacement value and also what she would be worth when restored.
Thank you, Debby
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