American Carved Wooden Character "Schnickelftritz" by Schoenhut

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15" (38 cm.) Carved wooden socket head with sculpted short curly hair having pronounced forelock curl, well-defined carved and painted features, narrow blue eyes, tinted brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth modeled as though open with laughing expression, two beaded upper teeth and two beaded lower teeth, all-wooden spring-jointed body. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: Schoenhut Doll. Pat. Jan. 17, ‘11 USA & Foreign Countries. Comments: Schoenhut, circa 1911, one of the earliest models by the firm, known as "Schnickelfritz", a term of teasing endearment. Value Points: the rare and delightful model has fine original painting and expression, wearing antique union suit with Schoenhut button, Schoenhut stockings and shoes with holes in soles for posing.
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