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Posted 3 years ago


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I found this little guys at Good Will about 15 years ago. He is hand painted about 22- 24 inches arms and legs are moveable at hips and shoulders. His head is on a pivot to turn it different angles and it seems his expression changes too.He has rubber cords and hooks holding his arms and legs and head together. I cannot find any markings on him anywhere. He just sits on my dresser. Any info would be appreciated.Thank you

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    He is a home made doll . Either from a kit or made in a doll ceramic class . He was not painted by a professional rather a person who wanted to make herself a doll. These were popular to do in 80's and 90's and even before that , when antique dolls were to costly many took up hobby of making their own dolls . The molds could be used by a ceramic school and they would fire them after student painted . Or you bought the blank doll already except to paint . My all rights that person should have signed it as they are supposed to . Cute but newer and not manufactured doll . Enjoy him for what he is . He really has no resale value :-(
  2. stefdesign stefdesign, 3 years ago
    Mani is correct. One of the quickest ways to identify a homemade doll is by the quality of the face paint. If you look at the eyes, eyelashes, and eyebrows, you can tell they are inexpertly painted. I think the underying mold is quite nice, and if you love the doll, then it's a treasure for you.
  3. sharrie, 3 years ago
    thank you very much for the info and he was already painted when i got him so ill just treasure him for years to come cause ive never seen another one like him
  4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Your welcome Sharrie and yes do enjoy him and his charm :-)
  5. MColeson, 3 years ago
    This doll is call John-John and was a baby John-John Kennedy. It was made in the late 1970s. My mother had a ceramic shop and taught. She made me one for my birthday and had gotten the mold before I left home which was in 1981.
  6. junkmanjoe junkmanjoe, 3 years ago
    My Mother did ceramics in the 70s And this was like the one she painted. I think She called it John Boy. She has passed on now And I think Its Still Around Dads House Somewhere.

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