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Vintage Kewpie Bisque Figurine – KW228 Sitting with Thumb. This unique Kewpie Doll Figurine, Marked KW228 is formed from bisque ceramic and made by Lefton. This Kewpie is sitting and sucking it’s thumb and is in excellent condition.

This is the larger of the kewpie sizes measuring 4 ½” tall, 2 1/2” wide and 3” deep. It is probably from the 1950’s or 1960’s. It has the tell tale blue wings, sparse hair and expressive eyes. Please see pictures for condition. Overall, there is some minor scratching and marks commensurate with it’s age that only adds to the charm of this kewpie.

It’s been said that a Kewpie is a symbol of a resilient heart and a spirit of genuine joy.
Kewpie dolls and figurines are based on comical strip-like illustrations by Rose O'Neill that appeared in Ladies' Home Journal in 1909. The small dolls were extremely popular in the early 1900s. They were first produced in Ohrdruf, a small town in Germany, then famous for its toy-manufacturers. They were made out of bisque and then celluloid.

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Item #EL-PI-50063

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Vintage Kewpie Bisque Figurine - KW228 Sitting with Thumb


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: bisque, hand painted
  • Only ships within United States.
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