Name: Dudu #119 South Islander
Made by and When: Norah Wellings, 1930s
Material: Stuffed velvet and velvet over a sculpted face, jointed neck
Marks: MADE IN ENGLAND / BY / NORAH WELLINGS (on partial black cloth tag sewn to left foot)
Height: 14 inches
Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black short, curly mohair wig (some hair is missing from crown, covered by a scarf)/brown glass eyes side-glance to the doll’s left, eyes are lined in black/smiling mouth with red painted lips and six separately painted teeth.
Clothes: Orange and neutral colored grass skirt, orange arm bracelet, raffia grass tied below left knee
Other: According to Gillian Trotter, the author of the Norah Wellings Journal blog, glass eyes were used between “1927 and mid-1930s and the later ones had painted eyes.” View other installed Norah Wellings dolls here and an example of a rare 36-inch Wellings doll here.