VINTAGE 1950s BILD LILLI W ORIG NEWSPAPER CARTOON - PONYTAIL BARBIE INSPIRATION

1050s BILD LILLI DOLL
ORIGINAL STEIFF POODLE & BILD NEWSPAPER W/LILLI CARTOON & SWING
IN SHADOW BOX
Up for auction is a beautiful small Bild Lilli with her original Steiff poodle, Bild newspaper with Lilli cartoon, and swing in a shadow box.
The Bild Lilli doll was the inspiration for the first Ponytail Barbie. The "Bild" is a German newspaper and "Lilli" was a cartoon character in the 1950s. She became very popular and they started making a Lilli doll, which was made for adults, not children.
She has a very pretty face and nice, long hair. Her ribbon is a replacement. There is one spot of hair that appears to be shorter than the rest of her ponytail. It is up by the knot and hard to notice.
Her body is unmarked, her feet have holes and she is not missing any digits. Her fingernails have polish, and her painted-on shoes are in nice condition. They are not all scuffed as most are. And the paint on her body and face is in nice condition.
Her dress is sewn on, so it does not come off without undoing the stitching. I don't know the story on the dress. It fits her perfectly, and she has on a white half-slip underneath. It's a very cute outfit.
Her arms and legs work perfectly, but her head does not move. It appears as if she was split at the seams by her neck and when she was glued back together, they glued her head in place. It does not detract from her, unless you wanted to pose her head to the side.
She has another flaw on the top of her right foot that is hardly noticeable. I could not get it to show up in the pictures very well.
She is a beautiful little Bild Lilli doll that will captivate your heart. To see more fabulous finds including more vintage dolls, Visit My eBay Store: Jen's Online Consignments .
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Someone told me that they think this doll is an English Miss Sweetheart Doll. I am not familiar with the Miss Sweetheart and could not find any information on her. What I did find was the following:
A book on all malefactors from the English companies - None of them made a Miss Sweetheart. There was a British Hong Kong doll that was called Miss Seventeen. Companies did not exchange molds to England proper, the first was produced in Germany, then British Hong Kong. A Miss Sweetheart was made by the Vogue company who was 10.5," head marked: Vogue, body unmarked. The Lilli head molds were sold to a British Hong Kong firm named Dura-Fam Ltd. which produced the same 11 1/2" doll which is found marked "Kong Kong" on her back. Another set of molds were leased to Chang-Pi Su Co. who reduced them to 7 1/2" and released them as "Cherie." More blank molds went to Fab-LU (Luften, Ltd.) who sold a doll called Babs. Marx used them too and had a doll called Bonnie, a larger 15" doll called Miss Seventeen "A Beauty Queen" and a 7" doll named Miss Marlene. Sak Industries, Inc. used the mold and sold a doll named Babbie, and an Australian firm Haro-Mate Ltd. sold the dolls marked "Hong Kong" and carried the registration number of "British Patent #804566 and U.S. patent #2925684. In England they had a company call UP that produced a doll who was made in Hong Kong that might look in the same vain as the Bild Lilli, she was a teen doll who was 12". She was marked UP on her back.
So the bottom line is -- this particular doll is 7 1/2" tall, is unmarked, has holes in her feet and appears to be a Bild Lilli to me and was sold to me as a Bild Lilli several years ago . And I could find no information on an English Miss Sweetheart doll.

For those interested, I paid over $700 for the doll alone a few years ago.

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