7 . Automaton
16" (41 cm.) head circ. 18" l. Solid domed head of honey-toned wax with socket neck,defined baby hair and brows,eyes modeled in nearly-closed manner,closed mouth,modified classic Bye-lo cloth body with constructed neck form to support socket head,celluloid hands,elaborate antique baby gown and bonnet. Condition: generally excellent,some typical wax scuffs on face,some finger repair. Comments: Circa 1922,Bye-lo,the wax model was especially commissioned by Grace Story Putnam for exclusive distribution by luxury New York City stores; at one time it was stated that only 150 of the dolls had been made,and their rarity today would seem to support that,although uncertain. Value Points: very rare variation of the keynote American doll.