Cecilia – Cascelloid/Palitoy

Name: Cecilia

Made by and When: Cascelloid/Palitoy, 1938

Material: Plastex (bisque-like composition)

Marks: Plastex (on neck), Made in England 46 (on upper back)

Height: 18 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black hair with white ribbon inserted in head slot/brown sleep eyes/open mouth with tongue out of place inside

Clothes: Redressed in off-white knit dress, sweater and booties, white cotton one-piece underwear

Other: The doll is string jointed. Plastex is brand of composition.

According to the Hobby DB website, “The Cascelloid Company was founded by Alfred Edward Pallett in Coalville, Leicestershire in 1919 (ref: V&A Museum of Childhood website) to produce celluloid and fancy goods. Their first toy was in 1920 and the first doll in 1925.

“Cascelloid was bought in 1931 by British Xylonite and the word “Palitoy” was created as a trademark in 1935 for their toy division.”

Close-up of Cecilia by Cascelloid/Palitoy, 1938
Cecilia has a bow inserted into a slot in her head.
Cecilia is marked Plastex (on neck), Made in England 46 (on upper back).

Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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