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Is this Mussolini's Lenci Doll?
A Lenci doll with a unique history.
Edward from State College, PA shares his story of a very unique Lenci doll.
"The doll was sent to my wife by her Uncle when she was a small child during the Second World War.
"The doll has all the original face paint and is in fine condition. She has on a two piece dress brocade dress with flower print. The dress is partially lined and she has multiple layers of undergarments. She is wearing a black felt apron over the dress and she has stocking which are probably knit cotton. Her hair feels like it is real and is brown or auburn in color and is put up in a bun. The doll has leather shoes ...
The doll was found in a villa that belonged to Mussolini during the Second World War. It is 24 inches tall and is dressed as an Italian peasant girl. "
There is documentation that indicates the doll was recovered from Benito Mussolini’s villa or castle near Gargnano Italy in May of 1945 by my wife’s Uncle, a member of Company “K” of the 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment. This coincides with military history that Company “K” of the 85th Mountain Infantry seized a Mussolini’s villa in that area and on April 30, 1945 its Headquarters and members of company K were housed in that villa until the end of the war. That villa the was the Villa Feltrinelli which was Mussolini family residence for the last two years of the Second World War."
Credit: Article photos and text © Edward Petersen iasilverdale @ comcast.net
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