Norah Wellings South Islander Girl

Name: South Islander Girl

Made by and When: Norah Wellings, 1940s

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

Marks: MADE IN ENGLAND / BY / NORAH WELLINGS (on black cloth tag sewn to left foot)

Height: 13-1/2 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black mohair wig styled in an upswept bun may not be the original hairstyle/brown painted eyes side-glance to the doll’s left; eyes are lined in black/smiling mouth with six separately painted teeth.

Clothes: Redressed; original outfit was possibly a grass skirt, wears original gray marble colored bangle bracelet and anklet on left arm and ankle. Bracelet and ankle indentations on right arm and ankle indicate bracelets were probably worn there.

Other: The South Islander dolls were given model numbers. This doll’s model number is unknown. 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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