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    Posted 1 year ago

    WillRockwell
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    Please ask questions and help me identify this doll. On the shoe bottom is stamped PINOCCHIO Trademark Walt Disney Productions 1939.
    The doll matches the descriptions of a Charlotte Clark prototype, but there are reported to be only 3 existing, and I have not seen a picture of one with red pants.
    I found this yesterday at an estate sale in NJ, and paid $50 for it.

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    1. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
      What a fantastic piece . It is without a doubt a very early Charlotte Webb Pinocchio. Mickey ended up in red shorts so he may have been made after the shorts in tan version. Does it say Pat. Applied for ? Love him and how tall is he ? I do think the prototype's were done by sewn by hand from what I recall .
    2. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/139479-charlotte-clarks-16-inch-tall-pinocch
    3. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
      Here is another post about him above link
    4. WillRockwell, 1 year ago
      The doll is 18" high and does not have a Patent notice.
      Today I went back to the house where I bought it, looking for information. An elderly lady said she was given the doll by her aunt in 1939, when she was 4. Her aunts name was Blanche Cohen, and she was a seamstress. Maybe she was one of the 6 members of Charlotte Clark's team.
    5. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
      It is wonderful to have the history of Mickey . I would ask the person you bought him from to give you a written letter stating that so you could keep his provenance with him. Interesting that yours is taller . It sure seems likely that her Aunt perhaps did being it home from the so called "Doll House" if she might have been a worker there . He is surely special and very valuable both in history and monetary value . I hope someone will be able to confirm if he is a prototype or one of the first to be sold to public or given maybe as a gift to someone at Disney . I love him.
    6. WillRockwell, 1 year ago
      The doll gas all the signature CC technique and fabrics, including wire inside the fabric hair. It is in extraordinary condition.
    7. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
      I agree WillRock all the CC things we look for he has . Just a bit of a mystery as to size and red shorts . I will keep trying to track him as well , He is a Rare piece !
    8. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
      Normally when a artist does a prototype they do variations so I would not be surprised the color of shorts changed during the time they were choosing one to see retail .
    9. WillRockwell, 1 year ago
      Red shorts was what was used in the movie, so this must be a later model.

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