Important Kris Kringle Doll, Germany, c. 1852, papier mache shoulder head with molded and painted features, short curly black hair with brush stroked front bangs, blue painted eyes, closed mouth, overstuffed cloth body with kid hands mounted to a cloth covered round base, wearing wool plaid costume with blue fur trim, red wool pants and socks, black leather shoes, paper covered muslin cone shaped hat with black fur and paper Christmas die cut dated 1852, the body covered with approximately fifty-five period playthings including a wood rifle, two flutes, carved wood rooster, wood noisemaker, wax covered wire baskets, bird cage with wax bird, American flags, tin cookware, toy pocket watches, German cast soft metal toys including horse drawn omnibus, ships, trains, scissors, whistles, trivets, tall clocks, horns, bells, frames with mirrors, a side-wheel boat, hot air balloon, and others. ht. 22 in., (excellent, some soiling to clothes, some minor losses to toys).
Note: Accompanying this doll is a handwritten note reading: "Kris Kringle sends greeting through Cousin Anna to the children, and wishes them a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - Christmas Eve 1852." The original condition and completeness of this doll provides an incredible glimpse of Christmas in 1852.
excellent, some soiling to clothes, some minor losses to toys