Vintage Effanbee Fingernail Patsy Joan Doll

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Description of Doll for Sale

This is a beautiful example of a vintage Effanbee composition Patsy Joan doll made in 1932 - 1938.  This is the rare fingernail version of this doll made for a limited time by Effanbee.  In the fingernail version a small piece of curved celluloid is inset into the fingernail producing a true fingernail that actually protrudes past the tip of the finger.   

I am including a quote from Volume I "PATSY DOLL FAMILY ENCYCLOPEDIA" BY PATRICIA N. SCHOONMAKER page 104 to document the history of this rare variant. 

"Of all the hundreds of Effanbee Patsys we have observed, no other fingernailed Patsys have surfaced despite the extensive advertising. One or two examples have been reported in correspondence. It must have been that only the very first group of the planned fingernailed Patsys went on the market before they were recalled or discontinued as they would not otherwise be so scarce. . . From the collector's point of view, if you have a Patsy/Patricia with added celluloid fingernails intact, you have a RARE COLLECTOR'S DOLL INDEED! "

There is also a reference in this book to a 1936 ad from FAO Schwarz stating that they were selling a special Patsy with lifelike fingernails. 

Patsy Joan is 16 inches tall with brown sleep eyes and is in great condition.  The brown eyes are clear with just a little yellowing of the whites of the eyes.  Patsy Joan's eyelashes are intact.  Her composition finish has no paint wear or repaint.  There is some tight crazing on the arms and head with just a little paint wear on the back of the head. There is no signs of splitting along the head seam whish is a common problem in composition dolls of this era.  Patsy Joan has her original brass wrist tag which is clean and still has a little shine to it.  Patsy Joan is wearing her original dress and satin hat.  The dress is undoubtedly factory original because it fits her to a tee and has the remnant of a tag just where you would expect to see a tag on an Effanbee factory dress. The cotton outfit consists of a dress with a matching onesie and a velour hat that is so typically Patsy.  She also has her original Effanbee shoes and socks. 

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She has  an original Effanbee wrist tag and the body has the typical Effanbee Patsy Joan mark. 

Condition of Doll for Sale

The composition finish has no signs of paint lifting or repainting.  There is no wear to the paint at the body joints or on the finger tips.  There are tight crazing lines on the arms and the head.  On the back of the head there are some paint wear and cracking of the composition.  The finish on the torso and legs has no signs of crazing.  (see pictures) You can click the pictures to see close-ups of the damage.

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The fabric of the dress and hat are sound with no repairs.  There is a small tear on the right sleeve.  The original shoes are frayed and the snap on the right shoe has pulled out.  The thumb nail on the left hand is missing.  The body paint is intact where the nail was so it is not very apparent the nail is missing. 

This is an antique doll that will have some wear and imperfections expected in an antique or vintage doll.  I make every effort to describe all significant flaws in my descriptions and show them in the pictures.  Please read the description fully and examine all the pictures to be sure you understand the condition of the doll.  The pictures can be enlarged to show the doll in great detail.  If you have any questions or would like any additional information on this doll please email me and I will be glad to answer your question.  California residents are responsible for California Sales tax in addition to the purchase price shown.

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Availability: In Stock

Cost Price: $375.00 Shipping & Insurance: $28.00 Dollnum:  #184

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