|This is a figurine I display every Christmas. I showed it in a recent blog post. I originally described it as from the early 1960s. But then it seemed to me that the figurine might be a tad older than that. The polka-dot outfit, the feet that aren't feet, and just the general look made it seem more evocative of the 1950s.|
Well, I inspected it, and saw that its bottom was marked JAPAN. So it was made in Japan. Now, from my slight forays into the antique world, I knew that during the occupation of Japan by America after WWII, exports had to be marked OCCUPIED JAPAN. I knew that the Occupation ended in the early 1950s — 1952, as I confirmed. So this figurine, which lacks the mandated OCCUPIED, is at least post-1952, and the 1950s saw a lot of figurines exported from Japan.
So, "late 1950s" might be the better guess for this pretty little elf. You know: back before everything got ugly.