Kathe Kruse Doll One, ca. 1910
This is a Kathe Kruse doll. And the reason we know that is because it is marked on the foot. It says, "Kathe Kruse." She's made in Germany. They started making these dolls in 1910. The painting is so beautiful. And she designed her own dolls, because she did not like what she could commercially buy. She didn't think they were good enough, so she started making her own dolls for her own children. And then everybody else saw the dolls and started saying, "Oh, I want one, I want one," and that's how the company got started. And this is one of her early models. This is called Doll One. This is how we know it's Doll One-- when you lift this up, it's got the wide hips. Doll two had much narrower hips. Nice old body, nice old clothes. A doll like this in perfect condition, without any soil, is a $4,000 doll. Your doll has been played with, and is missing the underclothes, so we're still talking about a $3,000 to $3,500 doll.
Oh, my goodness.
And your Kathe Kruse doll collectors would give their eyeteeth to have this doll.
My, what a nice surprise.
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