Babyland Topsy-Turvy

Name:  Babyland Topsy-Turvy Doll

Made by and When:  Horsman, circa 1910

Material:  Cloth

Marks: Unknown

Height: 12-1/2 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Realistic, lithographed faces and hair

Clothes: The Black doll wears a dark red blouse with white and red-trimmed sleeves, a matching headwrap, a red checkered skirt, a white apron, and a white scarf around the neck that tucks into the skirt. The White doll is dressed the same but has a bonnet that matches the fabric of the skirt.

Other: According to Black Dolls Book II an Identification and Value Guide by Myla Perkins (Collector Books 1995), “Gimbel Brothers, department stores in New York and Philadelphia, pictured a similar ‘Babyland’ topsy-turvy rag doll in their 1912 catalog” for $1. Perkins gave this doll a 1995 value of $1000. These dolls are also known as Babyland Rag Dolls.

Albert Bruckner produced Horsman’s Babyland Rag Doll line from 1901-1924.

Gallery (Images and description courtesy of and Alderfer Auction.)

See a Bruckner Topsy Turvy doll here. View various other Topsy Turvy dolls and more history about them here.


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