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As the Victorian era passed into the Edwardian and Roaring Twenties, a market developed for bisque and china bawdy novelties and figurines of women in revealing outfits. Although now most of these figurines seem more coy and cute than ribald and risque, in their time they symbolized the casting off of the perceived restraints of the Victorian era.

These little lovelies included bathing beauties, who came clad in swimsuits of real lace or in stylish painted beach wear, as well as mermaids, harem ladies, and nudies, who were meant to wear nothing more than an engaging smile. Also produced were flippers, innocent appearing figurines who reveal a bawdy secret when flipped over, and squirters, figurines that were meant to squirt water out of an appropriate orifice.

Most were manufactured in Germany from the late 1800s through the 1930s, often showing remarkable artistry and imagination, with Japan entering the market during World War I.

Thursday, February 28, 2019


This fashionable flapper poses confidently in the finest beachwear of the late 1920s.  Of excellent china and beautifully modeled and decorated, she is 7 inches long and 5.5 inches high.  

This same superb seaside siren is pictured in the catalog of Hertwig and Company, simply entitled "Badedame."

Even without the catalog, there is no question regarding her manufacturer, as underneath she is stamped in blue with the Hertwig mark featuring the silhouette of a cat inside the line drawing of a house, with a capital "H" tucked into the attic.  The mark is a play on the name of the city of Katzh├╝tte (Cat Hut), where the Hertwig factory was located.  She is also incised "4533," which matches the model number in the catalog.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!

This embossed postcard sent February 15, 1912, features a rather wistful bathing belle gazing at heart-shaped clouds while Cupid loiters uselessly behind her.  The little slacker didn't even bother to bring his bow.  It's Valentine's Day, you feathered loafer--get that winged butt in the air and find her a beach beau!     

This frisky flapper bathing beauty with big blue googly eyes isn't waiting around for some flying naked toddler to find her a man.  Instead, her head swings back and forth on a small metal brad, allowing her to scan the seaside for suitable suitors.  Seven inches tall, the card was printed by George S. Carrington Greeting Card Manufacturing Company of Chicago, Illinois.

This little sultana shyly offers her valentine.  The brad on her left shoulder allows her arm to move slightly up and down.  It is marked in a circle "Louis Katz 1926."

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Burning Golden Eyes

Girl with the burning golden eyes, 
And red-bird song, and snowy throat: 
I bring you gold and silver moons, 
And diamond stars, and mists that float. 
I bring you moons and snowy clouds, 
I bring you prarie skies to-night 
To feebly praise your golden eyes 
And red-bird song, and throat so white.

To Gloriana, Vachel Lindsay (1879 - 1931)

This fascinating flapper with her enticing golden eyes, shadowed in smoky gray, certainly is worthy of praise.  By the German firm of Fasold and Stauch, renown for its lithe ladies with large alluring amber eyes, this beautiful vamp is 5.25 inches tall and incised “8669” on the back.