I was surprised to see the dirty legs of Ruth sticking out from underneath some other toys. I could tell she was old as she dates to the late 50's. After putting on my glasses (yuck) and reading the marks on the neck, I sort of, kinda, held Ruth close to me. Another shopper, older lady, declared to me that "they have such good dolls here, just look at the ones over there....one has a teddy at her feet." I didn't have the heart to tell her the porcelain dolls are.....just that. I did look down at Ruth though and discovered I was hugging her.
I think I could almost squeal when I saw she still had her original clothing on although missing her nurses cap which shouldn't be a problem.
I can remember bidding on a Ruth doll when I first was a member of EBay. She was composition and I wanted her bad. Well, it was grocery shopping day and I'd forgotten I left a bid two days before, she was sold to someone for a fraction of what I had for a bid. I remembered her while driving home and called my husband but I was too late. :(
Ruth is a very early doll for Horseman, the vinyl doll was in production as early as 1950, the first dolls had dimpled knees, both in the front and in the back like the model shown above. By the late fifties, her knees had become more rounded as in my doll and the one below. Into the sixty, her face had changed slightly, her value varies, perfect condition dolls are listed from $80 to $150 on EBay.
Sure is a whole lot more than $2.99. C&G Design
Words and photos by Dawn,C&G Design.