Pot Doll

Name: Pot Doll

Made by and When: Unknown United Kingdom maker, 1930s

Material: Composition bisque-type (pottery) material

Marks: Unmarked

Height: 15 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black sculpted texturized hair that mimics the texture of Africanoid hair, blue painted eyes, open/closed mouth with full lips painted red

Clothes: Redressed in coral and white gingham overalls, white shoes, white headband

Other: Similar dolls were often dressed in African tribal clothing by European manufacturers with gold hoop earrings inserted in the pierced ears (bored holes near the earlobes).

In 2009, this doll, with its broad facial features, traveled to the US from Stoke-on-Kent, Staffordshire in the United Kingdom. This head sculpt was only used for Black dolls.

Dolls made from the same material are referred to as pot dolls because of their composition bisque-type construct which is similar to pottery. Crudely made, there are visible paint drippings in some areas. Linear indentations are on the front of one of the muscular thighs and on one side of the back. The back is sunken. These are all careless manufacturer’s flaws. Despite these imperfections, the doll maintains a measure of charm.

Other, better-quality pot dolls are attributed to Frank Popper. Popper’s dolls usually bear his initials followed by a number, e.g., FP22. See an example of a lovely Black Frank Popper 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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