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Posted 4 years ago

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Sometimes in the bins of broken sunglasses and mismatched gloves at Goodwill I find the strangest (and cutest) things. This week it was a teensy little Kewpie doll - just over four inches tall. It looks like his arms were held in with elastic, which has deteriorated at this point.

Does anyone know what era this would be from? Also, would this little fella have originally been wearing clothes?

It looks to be high-quality, and only has a couple of tiny fleabites. There aren't any markings (just a few rough lines on the feet) and something that looks like O/C inside the right arm joint.

Look at that mischievous little face!

Mystery Solved


  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Love the little Kewpie!!!
  2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    lol!!! the face is a little mischievous :)
  3. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    haha, thanks Sean. he's plotting something! ;)
  4. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Hi Hunter she looks authentic without holding her . The marks on her feet would read O'Neill just not clear it could be she was a mold ready to retire from using it a lot and leaving the mark unclear . The bisque look right for era 1913-30 's. The painting is correct . If I could feel the bisque I would confirm it but I say the real deal ! Nice find and nice to see you too !!!
  5. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    Thanks for all the info Mani! Comparing the faint vertical lines on the feet to the mark on this doll, it does seem to be a well-used mold (reading "ONEILL":

    The bisque feels right to me, not slick at all, and the paint job is excellent. Now about fixing those elastic arms.... :)
  6. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    The elastic is easy to fix if you have thin elastic cord and a clamp . Just send her to me lol . A rubber band will work on a pinch but has to be very small and strong as you will need it to retract back into body after stretching it to go into loop that only works if bottom of loop on arm is open . Is the loop on arm closed or open ? I am sure she is marked correct and you got a good deal too !
  7. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    Yeah! 50 cents ain't too shabby. :) I think both the loops are closed (you mean the little porcelain circle shapes in the joint on the arms?), but I'll ahve to look again tonite. I definitely have some elastic in my sewing goodies, so I'll try and fix this baby up over Thanksgiving. Thanks for the tips Mani!
  8. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    If it has only a closed hole then take a short piece of elastic cord and stretch it across chest to see how long fold it double when you measure . Loop it through one arm then through body folded . Now that hard part you need to stretch it and tie it after you put through other arm . I use a clamp to hold it tight until I can knot it tight and then release so arm will be tight to body ,tuck the knot into doll . Good luck :-)
  9. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    Aha, I see - perfect. And Happy Thanksgiving Mani! :) Giving thanks for all the helpful contributors on Show & Tell (and beyond)....
  10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    your very welcome Hunter :) yes he is plotting something!!
  11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Hello Hunter looks like your due for another posting :)
  12. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    hey Sean, yes I am! Haven't been thrifting in the last couple weeks, but plan to go this weekend. ;0)
  13. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    I hope you find something over the weekend and good luck to you Hunter :) cant wait to see of what you find!!!!
  14. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Did you repair your kewpie Hunter ?
  15. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    Not yet :( had too many other projects going on lately... Need to do some mending this weekend!
  16. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Ok sounds like a busy week-end for you :-) Say Hi to the gang in SF !
  17. Hunter Hunter, 4 years ago
    Will do - have a great weekend!!
  18. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 4 years ago
    Love you sweet little baby!!
  19. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Dang-namit, missed this... Totally awesome thing to have, I had a few once, sold them eons ago and have regrets every time I see one. Great post Hunter, thanks for the memories
  20. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Do you have a Kewpie Watch is the question Kerry :-) Look in that hole in floor for one ! xo
  21. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Mani....sweetheart, you know I don't have to check the hole, have a modern repo on my second shelf....I say repo, but 1960's vintage, so not to modern :-)....hugs and loves
  22. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Ok you post it my dear :-)
  23. Hunter Hunter, 3 years ago
    haha, thanks for the note Kerry! I still need to put new elastic in mine so he doesn't look so crazy. :)
  24. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Will do either tonight or in morning dear....feeding time at the zoo, they are impatient and already telling me to get around LOL, but will do :-)
  25. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    You're welcome Hunter...suggestion use a small rubber band, can loop in one eye and use piece of paper clip for hook on other end
  26. Hunter Hunter, 3 years ago
    Great tip - thanks!

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