Name: Kader Baby
Made by and When: Kader, 1950s-1960s
Material: Hard plastic head, vinyl body with jointed wrists
Marks: 20 ½ B.H. (on the head); embossed OK symbol (the initials OK inside a globe) / B 3520 / KADER / MADE IN HONG KONG
Height: 21 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black sculpted hair with a Widow’s peak, dark blue sleep eyes with plastic eyelashes attached (some are missing), unevenly painted eyebrows, open mouth with two sculpted upper teeth, red-painted lips, and a molded tongue which is attached to the eye mechanism; the tongue retracts when the eyes close.
Clothes: Redressed in a newborn-size shirt, romper, matching hat, bib, and white knit booties; the dolls could be dressed as a girl or a boy.
Other: Kader dolls usually have hard plastic heads and vinyl bodies. They vary in size from 7-1/2 inches to a rare, 25-inch version. Made in Hong Kong during the 1950s and 1960s, they were distributed chiefly in Australia and New Zealand by Kader (also known as OK Kader). Both Black and White versions were made with blue and brown sleep eyes used for both. The blue-eyed Black dolls are the rarest.
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