Norah Wellings Nassau Souvenir Doll

Name: Nassau, Bahamas Souvenir South Islander Doll

Made by and When: Norah Wellings, 1930s

Material: Stuffed velvet and velvet over a sculpted face, jointed neck

Marks: Black cloth tag on back-right side of neck reads NASSAU; black cloth right foot tag reads MADE IN ENGLAND / BY / NORAH WELLINGS.

Height: 14 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Short curly brown mohair wig/brown glass eyes side-glance to the doll’s right, eyes are lined in black /smiling mouth with six painted teeth.

Clothes: Sewn-on gold velvet dress has round orange felt circles on the front and back of the skirt, tan and orange wooden beaded necklace, plastic orange hoop earrings, orange arm and ankle bracelets.

Other: This doll was probably sold on a cruise ship that docked in Nassau, Bahamas. View other installed Norah Wellings dolls here and an example of a rare 36-inch Wellings doll here.


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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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