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Item/Description: Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls “True Friends” limited edition Enesco figurine #094RA322.
***This adorably precious brother & sister pair of Johnny Gruelle classic characters are posing in a seated position with their arms entwined/wrapped around each other’s shoulders, sharing the holding of a heart in between them that is inscribed “True Friends”.
Excerpted Research Information About Sister & Brother Rag Dolls, Raggedy Ann & Andy AND their Father/Creator Johnny Gruelle (attributed to http://www.raggedy-ann.com/patty.html AND http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Gruelle AND http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raggedy_Ann): “Raggedy Ann, and her equally spirited rag brother, Andy are the world's best-known and most adored rag dolls. At the hand of their creator, political cartoonist-illustrator/artist-children’s book author-toy maker of the early twentieth century Johnny Gruelle, the Raggedys weren't ever simply dolls. They were literary characters as well, possessing attributes and outlooks reflecting trustworthiness, kindness, and spunk. Because Gruelle was a natural born storyteller, it followed that his dolls would star in whimsical, fanciful tales, based on fantasy and make believe...
The Raggedy Ann character was first created in 1915, as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 ‘Raggedy Ann Stories’...a sequel, ‘Raggedy Andy Stories’, published in 1920, introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy”, dressed in sailor suit and hat...
Gruelle created Raggedy Ann for his daughter, Marcella, when she brought him an old hand-made rag doll and he drew a face on it. From his bookshelf, he pulled a book of poems by James Whitcomb Riley, and combined the names of two poems, ‘The Raggedy Man’ and ‘Little Orphant Annie.’ He said, ‘Why don’t we call her Raggedy Ann?’..."
Age/Period: Modern/Contemporary - ca 1992-1994 (1990s)
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Underside of figural is marked “Raggedy Ann & Andy - ‘True Friends’ - No. 094RA322 - ‘I Love You’ inscribed within a heart - Simon & Schuster, Inc., Licensed by United Media, Licensee Enesco Group, Inc., 801267 - Made in China”.
Material(s)/Format: Ceramic bisque
Size/Measurements: 2 1/4"H x 3 3/4"W
Quantity: One (1)
Condition: Figure is mint without box!