Posted 7 years ago
How I love this little turtle lady! I inherited this risqué bisque bathing beauty a couple years ago, and never cease being amused by her weirdness. Not only is she happily pondering inside a turtle shell, but lift up her shell back and you'll see a little bare tush!
She is in excellent condition, and is stamped with "Coney Island" on the inside shell. Carved into the bottom of the shell is "Made in Japan." Judging by these details and the little research I've done, I pin her somewhere around the 1930s-40s. I imagine she was once amongst other silly trinkets in a novelty shop on the island. I believe some bisque turtle ladies date back to the turn of the century, but those were usually made in Germany, not Japan.
Any information you may have about this turtle lady is very welcome! She's quite special and I'd love to learn more about her history.