1920s Composition Doll by Trego

Name: Unknown

Made by and When: Trego Manufacturing Company, 1921

Material: Composition

Marks: TREGO is written within a rounded rectangle above MADE IN U.S.A. (on the back)

Height: 25 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Replaced Shirley-Temple-style wig, replaced acrylic brown eyes; original eyes were probably glass; has an open mouth with four upper teeth

Clothes: Replaced dress, pantaloons, and shoes

Other: The elbows, wrists, and knees are ball-jointed. The bottom is sculpted for sitting. The January 1921 issue of Toys and Novelties documents “Indian” and “Negro” dolls made by Trego in various sizes including the 25-inch size like this doll. The company made dolls from 1918-1921 fashioned after German dolls with ball-jointed bodies.

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Published by DeeBeeGee

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