Thursday, September 24, 2009

R&B Angel Face

I so need to stay away from the thrift stores! Here's a little beauty I found this week. She is Arranbee, and she is called Angel Face. The first 3 photos are from a seller on EBay who lists this doll as Rare 1950's Vintage Arranbee Doll, R&B Angel Face. Reading the description one gathers it's rare because the EBay market has been watched for this doll for several years by this seller and to no avail has this little lady ever been sol.. Her doll is 21'' whilst mine is 16'', her doll has separate rubber arms whilst mine is all one piece, all rubber.
She appears to be stuffed with rags and is very heavy. The Ebayer writes: "Page 202 of the Arranbee identification and value guide has a photo of a blond doll just like this one, only this one is brunette. Doll has molded mouth with tongue but no teeth, all vinyl with jointed head and shoulders, legs are part of the torso. Marked R&B and 19BBS" She states it wouldn't be fair to disclose the valve because as we all know, by the time the guide is released, the valves are up.


You have no idea how long I've wanted a R&B doll, They are the makers of Nanette a beautiful, very popular composition doll. The company was started in 1922 and had head designers such as Armand Marseille, he is known for the french bisque dolls, the Bru, the Tete's and the Jumeaus, all the dolls that price out at $3000.00 or more, the one's on a collectors wish list, especially mine and I known of no one who can spent that amount of money on a doll. Arranbee was sold to Vogue Company in 1959, they used the R&B marking until 1961. There I was, in the thrift store, looking at this ole' blanket bag full of this doll and some home made clothing. I took her out to look at the markings on her neck but I could only see the 16BBS, even still, this is another doll that called my name. Imagine my excitement when I saw R&B after I got her home and unpacked.



She was $6.99 with all her clothing and her shoes, she is in remarkable shape for being at least 48 years old, gosh! That's older than me!
She has a bob hairstyle that has retained most of it's shape, her eyes are clear and there are no rips in the rubber, no foul odor, no stains.



I washed her little dress and placed socks on her feet, she is perfect.


I love it when I purchase a remarkable find! Feels so good! C&G Design

10 comments:

tina said...

Congrats on your super good purchase! Always wonderful to find a great buy we've wanted at a super good price.

Roses and Lilacs said...

She's a cutie. My aunt used to collect dolls. I remember how excited she got when she found a really nice or rare one.

Congratulations. It must be fun checking the thrift stores and garage sales and finding treasure.
Marnie

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Dawn, congrats on the super find. Isn't it wonderful to find a heart's desire? Love it. She looks so pretty in pink. Just precious. Thanks for sharing this wonderful gift with me today. Please stop by and say hi. I would so love to have you visit. Country hugs, Sherry

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Such an excellent find. I wonder if thrift stores will be able to sell these to collectors in the future? I'm so glad you were able to take her home.

On a side note, yay for Olympia Snow. I'm lovin' Maine right now for having an intelligent and brave senator!

Protector of Vintage said...

What a lovely doll!

Jean said...

With finds like that Why on earth woyld you say you need to stay out of thrift stores. I' be be there every day if I could finds things like that. You go girl!!!!

Lola said...

What a fantastic find Dawn. By all means stay in those thrift shops to find treasures like that. Sure wish they had places like that around here.

Kathleen said...

What a sweet find, Dawn. This doll is just precious! Leave it to you to clean her up and get her looking good. Isn't it terrific when you find that special thing> It is great weather for walking, and that has been so encouraging for me. Plus the leaves are starting to change, and it is just beautiful. I would love to get together with you and Debbie...I don't think you'd be able to shut us up...LOL Hugs, Kathleen

Skeeter said...

A great find! I was in the Goodwill store looking for stuff for this years Halloween costume and notice tons of dolls! I had to think, “I wish Dawn were here to see them”. There were porcelain heads and some still in their boxes. I would pick some up for you but have no idea what really to look for but you would know... Wish you were here for a peek...

Leedra said...

Do you ever knit items for your dolls? At the yarn store the other day I met somebody that was knitting items for a Harry Potter doll. Since you knit I was just wondering if you ever knit for your dolls.