Toto (Little Brown Koko-type)

Name: Toto (Little Brown Koko-type) Made by and When: Handcraft Dolls, circa 1940s Material: Cloth Marks: Paper tag attached to right foot reads: Toto and Bum (Bum was probably his cloth dog) Height: 16 inches Hair/Face: Loops of black yarn, embroidered facial features with red circle mouth Clothes: Wears blue gingham shirt, blue short suspenderContinue reading “Toto (Little Brown Koko-type)”

Sweetie Pie

Name: Sweetie Pie Made by and When: Effanbee, 1938-1941 Material: Composition head, arms, legs; cloth body with crier Marks: EFFANBEE (on head) Height: 19 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black lamb’s wool wig/brown sleep eyes with eyelashes/red bow-shaped mouth painted red Clothes: Pink cotton romper Other: Black versions are quite rare.

Composition Boy

Name: Unknown Made by and When: Unknown, early 1900s Material: Composition head, arms, and legs; white cloth body, tin eyes, voice box Marks: Unmarked Height: 25-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Painted black hair with sculpted widow’s peak/brown tin sleep eyes with brown eyelashes (eyelashes are missing from one eye)/open, smiling mouth with two upper and two lowerContinue reading “Composition Boy”

Composition Baby Made in England

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn Name: Composition Baby (Made in England) Made by and When: Unknown, circa 1930s-1940s Material: Lightweight composition Marks: Unmarked Height: 20 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black hair with widow’s peak of curls/side-glancing black painted eyes with a red dot in the inner corner of each/slightly parted dark red lips and painted tongueContinue reading “Composition Baby Made in England”

“Maggie Pearl” by Leo Moss

Photographs courtesy of B. W. Flowers Name: “Maggie Pearl” Made by and When: Leo Moss, 1800s Material: Papier-mâché head, hard plastic body Marks: Unmarked Height: 11 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Tightly curled sculpted hair/inset black glass eyes/closed mouth with muted red painted lips Clothes: Redressed in a red and white gingham dress, white pantaloons and socks, andContinue reading ““Maggie Pearl” by Leo Moss”