This lovely bisque doll is a rare example of a late 1940's, early 1950's American bridal tradition -the presentation of a keepsake doll by the bride to her "best ladies". Purchased nude, the doll was seated inside a cardboard cone and then dressed by the bride in a style and color that matched her attendants.
This sweet bridesmaid is dressed in a lavender crepe paper gown and hat, and carries a matching parasol. She has survived at least fifty years in near mint condition with a few tiny pinholes to the crepe. She has an absolutely beautiful face that was expertly hand-painted with side-glancing eyes and sweetheart lips. Her pretty molded hair is strawberry blonde and her bisque arms are outstretched in a Kewpie pose. We speculate that she is German, but may possibly be an American Kewpie. She has no damage or repairs and stands 10" tall in her bridal costume.
The bridesmaid who received this precious doll was from Pennsylvania. She must have had great affection for the bride to have kept this doll so well preserved for over a half a century.