|Title:||Lenci Custom Cowboy Doll|
|Item URL:||Click Here To View|
|Description:||Custom made Lenci Doll|
|Condition:||Very Good. One 1/4" moth hole on back of pants and three small moth marks (not holes) also on back of pants.|
|Origin:||Brought in from estate.|
|Appraised By:||Jeffrey Motsinger|
|Appraiser Comments:||This is a difficult appraisal because two virtually identical items, one marked Lenci and the other not, will likely bring much different prices at auction. Items branded "Lenci" typically bring a sizable premium.
The dolls are, of course, similar to Lenci items in their make-up and style. Three things; Lenci items are usually marked, Lenci dolls are not usually this big, and various nuances of the Indian dolls are not entirely consistant with items from Lenci. Lenci dolls are "warm & fuzzy", happy dolls but the expressions on the Indian dolls are not in this vein. The cowboy doll is much more like what Lenci is known to have produced but all three dolls appear to be from the same maker hence the dilemma. There are arguments both for and against Lenci attribution. The story from the client is interesting but certainly not definative.
I don't believe the dolls date to the 1950s. The cowboy doll could be that early, possibly--from a stylistic stand. The Indian dolls appear to have 1980s styling. None of the dolls appear to have the normal wear that a fifty year old cloth doll should have--nor do they show the normal effect of gravity over a half-century.
Given the above observations I can't in good faith attribute the dolls to Lenci. This is not to say they weren't made my Lenci--that is certainly a possibility.
Considering the dolls' size, fine condition, and Lenci styling they should be worth between $300 and $400 each.
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