Posted 7 years ago
Hello All. I am helping a friend with her mother’s Shirley Temple doll. I have conducted quite a lot of research but need some help determining the origin of this doll.
This doll has brunette hair and darker skin tone than the traditional Shirley Temple dolls, so… “Was this doll fashioned specifically for the Cuban market?” Or, “Could this be one of the early prototypes?”
Any help steering me in the right direction would be most appreciated.
History of the doll according to Mrs. Cary:
I was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Like so many people of the Great Depression Era, my mom was an enthusiastic fan of Shirley Temple. She told the story over-and-over of how my dad bought her a Shirley Temple doll before I was born, in 1934 or 1935. The owner of The Bon Marchè department store was a friend of my dad. When news came that the store would receive six dolls to sell, he immediately let my dad know. Dad bought the first doll and brought her home. My mom was so proud of the doll that she was given a special place to sit on display for the years to come.
Shirley Temple was my mom’s most prized valuable so she never let me play with her. It is only now that my mom is no longer with us that the Shirley Temple doll has moved to the U.S. The doll has not had any touch-ups or restoration. All is original.
A Working Description:
• Original Packaging: Not available
• Markings: “Shirley Temple / COP Ideal N.& T.Co.” imprinted on the nape of the neck and “Shirley Temple” imprinted across the shoulder blades. This doll does have a visibly imprinted number either on the back or neck.
• Height: 18-inches
• Composition: No cracks, chips, or crazing. All fingers and toes accounted for. The condition looks brand new.
• Facial Features: Excellent condition
o Clear, hazel glass-like sleep eyes and real upper eyelashes
o Painted eyebrows
o Dimples on both cheeks
o Open, smiling mouth with six teeth showing and painted lips
o Two dimples
• Wig: Original *brunette* mohair in ringlet curls with the original hair pins in excellent condition.
• Dress: Her dress is fashioned like the “Baby-Take-A-Bow” dress and is pleated, powder pink batiste with light blue bows. The condition is excellent – no defects, stains, or discoloration.
o Doll did not come with a Shirley Temple button/pin
o Original bows on collar and right hem-line.
o Slip and undergarments appear to be original.
o Ivory cotton knit socks and black patent leather shoes are original.