|1950s Cissette ballerina|
|Cissette, having her split repaired.|
|Cissette after repair|
The result is quite expensive, though, given the high cost of the 50s dolls and clothing, and few adult collectors are able to justify the cost of buying all those clothes for a doll they will most likely display in one outfit only. Trunk sets do sell for me, but they often take a long time to move and I end up making less profit than if I sold each piece by itself. So, I decided to list Cissette alone as a ballerina and then finish and list the outfits I have for her separately. I have a few more Cissettes lying around my office, so I may indulge myself with a trunk set later on.
|Dolls with bright face paint like this are called "high color".|
|New stringing allows her to pose well.|
Otherwise, Cissette needed a split repair, re-stringing, and a good cleaning. The only things I was unable to remove are a scratch on her belly, very slight, and a couple tiny red marks on top of her head.
|Cissette has a couple tiny red marks on top of her head.|
Cissette looks stage-ready now, and her tighter stringing allows her to pose many ways. Her knees bend well and her eyes function.
A while back I bought a mixed lot of doll clothes and housewares and found this ballerina outfit in it. It's tagged "Madame Alexander" but doesn't list the doll. The age appears to be 1950s or 60s based on the style of the floral trim.
A much larger doll had been squeezed into the dress, tearing its crotch seam. When I put the dress on Cissette I saw it's a bit large in the rear and thighs. I don't know if it originally belonged to Lissy or if the larger doll stretched it out. I repaired the seam and cleaned it with carpet cleaner.
|The dress is loose in the thighs and may have been for Lissy.|
|Floral trim hides the red spots.|
|Her hair ornament is made from a vintage bouquet.|
|Handmade ballet shoes|