Vintage Composition Shirley Temple 17 inch Doll

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Description of Doll for Sale

Here is a nice example of a vintage 17 inch all composition Shirley Temple doll made in late 1934 or early 1935. Shirley is all original with an original tagged dress, original shoes and socks and wig.  The dress is an early version of the dancing dress made in 1934.  It has an early label with the NRA eagle.  Shirley also comes with her original onesie with attached slip.  The vintage dress has never been washed and has the original ribbons on the dress and in her hair.  This dress is gathered at the waist but does not have the hard pressed in pleats seen in the latter "Baby Takes A Bow" dress.  As it often does the organdy in the dress has yellowed some.  The composition finish is all original with no crazing or repaint.  Shirley has her original wig still in the factory set. 

Head Mark

Shirley Temple

Doll Dress

Reg. U.S. Pat. off.

Ideal Nov. & Toy Co.


The head has a very faint copy right pending mark for Ideal with Shirley Temple above it.  I was not able to get a good photograph of the mark.  The head has it's original finish so I assume there was a problem with the mark in the factory.  Shirley Temple dolls were the "Must Have" Christmas toy for 1934.  Ideal was working full bore but couldn't meet demand. They would probably not have discarded a head just because the mark was damaged when the head was unmolded.  The body is marked Shirley Temple 17.  The dress is tagged as shown: 

Condition of Doll for Sale

The composition head and body is in original condition with no crazing, cracks, rubs or repaint. As is often seen on compo Shirley Temple dolls, the eyes have crystallized.  The vintage clothes are in good shape with no foxing, stains, rips or repairs. 

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: $28.00 Dollnum: #332

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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.