|Lil' Liza Jane, a 16-inch, circa 1980s doll with bisque head on articulated composition body|
Described by the seller as follows:
Lil' Liza Jane has a bisque head and jointed composition body. She measures approximately 16" tall and has pierced ears. Her eyes are fixed in a sideways glancing position. Her body has some scuff marks and one of her hair bows has come off, but is still with her. There is some discoloration on her outfit due to age and storage, but otherwise Lil' Liza Jane is in good shape.
|Lil' Liza Jane's body articulation and separate toes are illustrated in the above photo. Minor wrist joint paint loss is also visible.|
|Faint scuff marks can be seen on the side of her torso where a doll stand had been used.|
Liza Jane is marked on the back of her neck with I believe a "J" and "M". She is tightly jointed at her neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, and knees with probably some sort of elastic from the feel of it. I was not able to move her hands at this time and believe that the high humidity here may be the problem... There are what looks to be pin holes at the base of her seat, maybe from a mold, not sure. The base of the left forearm where it connects to the wrist is rough. Even though she is wearing shoes, I think she was purposely made with individual toes that make her look like she would be more comfortable barefoot.
Because it is important for me to know as much about my dolls' past "lives" as possible, I sent the seller one final message requesting any added information beyond what was noted in the description and in our separate Etsy conversations. The seller shared the following:
I do love a good story myself and I wish I had a good one for you, but I just have some basic information. My mother was a doll collector and was a member of the Austin Doll Club for several decades. Sometimes she would purchase dolls and hide them so that my father did not know how much she was spending. Lil' Liza Jane and the KAYO Kid... were found together in her house after she passed away. My sister and I believe she purchased them together from either another doll dealer or the person who made them. The Kid has already sold so I can't check to see if he had the same mark on the back of his neck. My mother did not have one specific doll type that she collected to her collection [which] was varied and very eclectic. I hope this helps a little.
The supplementary information suggests that Lil' Liza Jane had been loved and possibly cherished by her former owner. I appreciate the manner by which the seller provided the extra details, writing about the doll with as much care as her mother had probably provided. I might have never known Lil' Liza Jane's toes are separate or thought they were made that way so "she" (the doll) would be more comfortable with bare feet. A photo of the KAYO Kid that had been the doll's companion when found revealed him to be a white male doll of the same size with similar body but different head sculpt. Clearly Lil' Liza Jane has a face all her own.
|I love her distinctly Africanoid facial features which set her apart from other dolls: broad, flat nose and full lips.|
After arriving to her new home, I reglued the loose hair bow to her hair and noticed that the crown of her head (underneath her handmade wig) was loose. Epoxy glue was used to reseal this.
|Lil' Liza Jane takes a seated photo before moving to the doll room.|
|Lil' Liza Jane asks, "Where am I? Can you find me?"|
|"How about now?" she asks.|
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