Composition Ideal Shirley Temple Doll

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Description of Doll for Sale

I am pleased to present a great example of a vintage composition Shirley Temple doll. Shirley is a great cabinet size (13 inches) and was made by the Ideal Novelty and Toy company from 1935 to 1937. Shirley is wearing an original red coin dot Stand Up and Cheer dress with the original tag. Under the dress Shirley is wearing a onesie with an attached slip . Shirley is also wearing original vintage oilcloth shoes and rayon socks. Shirley's dress is in good condition.  The dress has been washed and the tag is badly faded. She also has the original Shirley Temple pin.

Shirley's early original tin litho eyes are clean and clear with just a slight yellowing of the whites. Given the propensity for the Ideal Shirley Temple eyes to crack, crystallize and have a dead look I consider Shirley's eyes to be in amazing original condition. Shirley's hair is a little mussed but is all original in its factory set with her original red ribbon. Shirley's 5 piece composition body has not been repainted or compo craze concealed. There are no paint touch-ups or crazing on the body which is also amazing for Ideal composition dolls of this era.

Head Mark

Shirley Temple


body mark

Shirley Temple


The head is marked as follows: 

Condition of Doll for Sale

Yellowing on sleeve

The composition body has not been repainted or Compo Craze concealed. There is no crazing, chipping, paint rubs or lifting of the composition finish. The eyes are all original and are clear and bright. The eye lashes are in good shape but are worn on the sides. The whites of Shirley's eyes have yellowed slightly. The dress is all original and has no rips, repairs or foxing. It has been washed more than once but still has good color.  There are some minor yellow spots on the dress and yellowing around the sleeves.  This may be some transfer from the elastic in the sleeves.  (see pictures) You can click the pictures to see close-ups of the condition. The strap on one of the shoes is broken where it connects with the snap. 

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: $275.00 Shipping & Insurance: $16.00 Dollnum: #321

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Terms and Shipping

The shipping charge includes packaging, insurance and tracking information.  Dolls over $500 will require a signature when they are delivered. I sell and ship only to the continental US (no Alaska and Hawaii).  I often ship by UPS so the shipment must be to an address (no P.O. boxes).

All items are guaranteed to be as described on this page regarding condition, attribution and attire. If you purchase something from me and feel it is not as represented on this page please contact me by phone, email or postmarked letter within three days of receiving the item and I will gladly refund your full payment excluding shipping fees.  To get a refund the item must be returned in it's original condition and with all garments and accessories. If you do not contact me within three days of receiving the item, it is understood by both the buyer and the seller that the item is as described and a return privilege is no longer available.