Russian Tea Cosy Cloth Doll
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Sold Date: 05/06/2011
Channel: Online Auction
This sleepy eyed tea cozy doll has moveable arms that are tied together on a wire so that when you move one the other one moves as well. She stands about 11" tall and has a full padded skirt to keep your teapot warm for you. Her yellow hair is tucked under the tan scarf that has a polka dot pattern on it. Her blouse is also made from a polka dot print which as yellowed with age. Her apron has been trimmed with red and yellow fabric strips that have also faded with time. There is also a noticeable difference in the color of her overskirt showing that the sides have seen more light than the back and obviously the area under her apron. Her molded stockinette face is in excellent condition and her expression is sweet, even with her eyes closed. Her lips look like she may be about to blow on a cup of hot tea herself. Her stockinette hands look like they once held something - a broom, a teacup, or something. I tried giving her a small teapot to hold - which she could - but not at a realistc angle, so I doubt it was a teapot . Despite her faded and aged fabrics she is a wonderful doll. I looked for a maker's mark or label, and there was a spot on the underskirt that might have once held a sticky tag but other than that there was no mark to prove her origin. In my mother's notes she listed her as a doll she purchased at the Vallejo Doll Show back in 1974 and she listed her as Russian.
Due to her hefty weight (the padding is weighty) I'm quoting the shipping rate for parcel post, but if you'd like it sooner and are willing to pay the difference I'll gladly ship her out priority mail. (Plus, if you live closer to Long Beach than the east coast the shipping will cost less - be sure to ask for an invoice with the correct postage shown.)
I have many other dolls, doll books, and doll patterns from my mother's collections up for auction. I'll gladly combine shipping if you should win more than one auction. Please ask for a revised invoice should you win more than one item.FYI - The estimated shipping costs below may include the cost for the box/mailer if I can't find a reusable one to fit that also keeps the postage as low as possible. I will refund any shipping costs over $1.00 if there turns out to be a discrepancy in the estimate and the actual postage (for example, some priority mail items may be less than my estimate if the customer is closer to Long Beach than the East Coast.) I try to use first class for parcels under 13 ounces as that tends to be the least expensive way to ship light weight products, however if the package is flat I cannot add a tracking number for it because tracking first class mail requires that the package be 3/4" thick or fatter. If you wish for an exact price for shipping before you pay just let me know, and I'll create a final invoice for you. Note: I am now shipping internationally to most countries but the cost of shipping is dependent on which country it has to go to and how you want it shipped. Please ask for an invoice for the exact postage cost. Thanks for looking and keep me as one of your favorites if you like to make dolls or just collect them and if you are interested in hand-turned pens and/or needle crafts. I put the dolls/patterns up as I have time, so you might see new things each week.
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