VC5787GC: Ondine Swimming Doll
This superb doll is a French market Ondine doll, dating from the late 19th century to the early part of the 20th century. She is in exceptional original condition. When the key is wound, she "swims"..Her legs kick and her arms appear as if doing the breast stroke swimming style. She has a bisque head in lovely condition, with painted eyebrows, painted upper and lower lashes, set blue glass eyes, open mouth and rose blushed cheeks. She has her original chestnut colored mohair wig. Her swimming suit consists of a two piece cotton ensemble with nautical styling. She wears her original felt bonnet. Her hands are metal, her legs and upper arms are wooden. The main foundation of her body is cork. She comes with her brass key which, when wound, enables her to "swim". She is presented in a very nice large size, measuring 15.5" long from tip of fingers to toes. Her mechanism does work when you hold her in a precise position, to give it the balance required for the stroking actions. One of the best examples we've seen. She's truly a treasure! Please click here to view additional magnified photos and click on your BACK button in your browser to return to this page.
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