This time I am delighted to present reader Sharon's story of two interesting Cupid dolls she discovered at a garage sale 30 years ago:
'It brings me great joy knowing that these precious Cupids will be viewed and loved by Lenci lovers all over the world. Sharing, to me, is the greatest part of owning something this wonderful.
The Cupids were acquired approximately 30 yrs. ago at a garage sale. They were in a "junk box" under the table and I spied them. Paid $1.00 each for them. Originally, they were mounted on Italian Marble Blocks, as shown in the attached pictures I took 3 yrs. ago. Upon seeing them I was fancinated with the fact they were unusual, I have always looked for the unique and unusual. Loving color added to their attraction and I spent $2.00 of the $3.00 I had with me to purchase them. They have been on display in my livingroom for 30 yrs.
Three years ago when downsizing due to my failing health, someone from my insurance company came over to view my items before putting them up for sale Two helpers had marked my precious, beloved Cupids $75.00 each even though I protested wanting to sell them. Upon seeing my items the lady from my insurance company noticed them immediately and asked if they were Lenci's. I began to ask questions and got answers. She went home that night and stayed up all night looking through her doll books, she was a collector, and finally found a written description in Warman's Catalogue, 1998. She called the next morning, told me to sit down with the dolls in front of me, proceeded to read the description and I almost fainted. It was exact to the letter.
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