Rubber Doll with Topknot

Name: 1930s Rubber Doll with Topknot

Made by and When: Allied Grand Doll Manufacturing Company, Inc., 1938

Material: Rubber with jointed arms and legs; legs are slightly bent at the knees

Marks: Allied Grand Doll / MFG. CO. INC. 1938

Height: 6-1/2 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Sculpted and painted black hair with a sculpted topknot curl, brown painted side-glancing eyes, an open “circle” mouth painted red

Clothes: Redressed in a crocheted dress

Other: Because of the hole in the mouth and another in the center of the buttocks crease, this small doll was possibly sold as a drink and wet doll with a layette, baby bottle, and other accessories. According to the Doll Reference website, the company made dolls from 1915-1980. “Allied Grand Doll Manufacturing Company of Brooklyn, NY, is the way the company name appears in early advertising. Sometime in the 1960s the company name changed to Allied Doll & Toy Company.  Other names collectors use are Allied Imported or Allied Eastern due to the AE marking often found on their dolls or perhaps because they were located on the Eastern coast in the USA.” This doll is one of the company’s earliest Black dolls. Jackie Robinson from 1950 is another.

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