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A George Borgfeldt Happifats Doll and a Sampson Hancock & Sons Fumsup Mascot

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Bisque Dolls21 of 211A Wellspring of Bisque upon WickerJapanese Porcelain Doll Made January 3, 1905
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    This corpulent cutie, produced by George Borgfeldt in the mid-1910s, is one of Kate Jordan's Happifat characters. Atop her coiffed forelock, I have placed an umber-coloured, hand-fashioned headband. I, admittingly, used a rubberised hanger from a manufacture coupon, which I removed from the slender neck of a Suave lotion bottle! The commemorative Cinderella poster stamp--a recent addition to my collection--impetrates my purchasing her calvescent male companion. I shall not permit this postage stamp to shorten the breath of my longanimity, though!

    Subject to the apocryphal statements of neophytic doll collectors, the Fumsup character, a mascot representative of soldiers' hap, mettle, and kleos throughout the United Kingdom in the first world war, is purported to be a indigne, poorly made Japanese doll. It was Sampson Hancock and Sons, an English-based factory, whence the Fumsup doll came. The Fumsup mascot, referred to as "'baby Mercury'" on the backside of my unphotographed Tucks Oilette postcard, appeared on touchwood necklace charms, figural lavalliere-type brooches, porcelain miniatures--such as watering cans--children's china sets, et cetera. In my celluloid photo frame, I have two Fumsup playing cards which, unfortunately, blazon gilted German swastikas.

    Also, additional tidings to ingénue and ingénu doll collectors: not all Japanese-made dolls are of inferior quality! Morimura Brothers' dolls, albeit not conterminous with the quality of most German and French competitors, are desirable, high-quality Japanese collectibles.

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