Early Composition Shirley Temple Doll

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Description of Doll for Sale

Here is a fantastic example of a vintage composition Shirley Temple. This Shirley is the second issue of the doll and was made early in 1935.  The first issue of the Shirley Temple doll was just marked with the Ideal Copyright Pending mark on the head.  Late in 1934 Ideal bought the license for the name and quickly added Shirley Temple to the head and body mold which is seen on this doll.  Latter in 1935 they were granted a Copyright and removed the Copyright Pending mark. 

Shirley is 20 inches tall and has her original wig still in the factory set and the original finish on her head and body with no repaint.  She is wearing a vintage original dress from the movie Captain January with an original onesie with attached slip.  The dimity dress has never been washed and she has her original shoes and socks. This style of dress was made in a large number of color and fabric variations.  The red and blue variants are often seen.  I have never seen any other examples of the aqua blue color variation for this dress but I have seen the aqua blue polka dot material used on other styles of dresses for Shirley Temple.

Head Mark


Shirley Temple

(COP) Ideal



body mark

Shirley Temple


body mark


The head and body have the typical marks for the second issue doll with Shirley Temple with the Copyright Pending Ideal mark.  The tag on the front of the dress was removed but a paper size tag is in a seam confirming it is a Shirley Temple dress and that it has never been washed.

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The vintage clothes are in good shape with no foxing, stains, rips or repairs.  There are some minor spots o the dress. 

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The composition head and body in in original condition with no crazing, cracks, rubs or repaint.  As is usual with compo Shirley Temple dolls the eyes have crystallized. There is some paint wear inside the body joints.  Usually not visible when the doll is standing in a normal pose.  There are a few very tight cracks in the paint finish.  I have tried to photograph the cracks.  You can view the worst of it in the enlargement of the arm.  There are also a small paint chip on one arm. 

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.