|Title:||Black Bye-Lo Style Doll|
|Description:||A Bye-Lo style doll, negro, bisque head, hands & feet, brown cloth body, 11" long, head circumference 10.5", marked "Grace" on neck.|
|Condition:||It is in very good condition. The head and hands do not have any kind of scratches or broken pieces that I can see. She does not have any clothes. Maybe the cloth body could have been stiched up a time or two.|
|Origin:||I bought her at aan Antique Store.|
|Appraised By:||Jeffrey Motsinger|
|Appraiser Comments:||Bye-Lo dolls were first produced in 1922 and the last ones were made in 1952. They came in bisque, celluloid, composition, and wax. Some had cloth bodies others were of all the same material. They came in various lengths and head sizes.
All Bye-Lo dolls are marked "Grace S Putnam" and with date or other information. I'm not aware of any black Bye-Lo dolls. The cloth body on this doll is not a factory body. The cloth bodies for Bye-Lo dolls were made by K&K, a subsidiary of George Borgfeldt & Co. (the sole licensee) and were made to a higher standard than what I see in the picture.
Your doll is very attractive but is not an authentic Bye-Lo doll. Bye-Lo knock-off bisque heads, hands, and feet are readily available at low cost--ready for assembly and painting (and provide your own body). This is due to the popularity of this design and the high cost of acquiring authentic examples.
The rule-of-thumb is that modern dolls and good reproductions of older dolls are worth $50 to $100 depending on how well painted & clothed they are. I think the seller was aware of this, judging by the asking price. Authentic Bye-Lo dolls of this size are currently selling in the $400 to $500 range when they have their original clothes and accessories.
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