Norah Wellings Dudu #119

Name: Dudu #119 South Islander Made by and When: Norah Wellings, 1930s Material: Stuffed velvet and velvet over a sculpted face, jointed neck Marks: MADE IN ENGLAND/BY/NORAH WELLINGS (on partial black cloth tag sewn to left foot) Height: 14 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black short, curly mohair wig (some hair is missing from crown, covered by aContinue reading “Norah Wellings Dudu #119”

Norah Wellings South Islander Girl

Name: South Islander Girl Made by and When: Norah Wellings, 1940s Material: Velvet and velvet over a sculpted face, jointed neck Marks: MADE IN ENGLAND/BY/NORAH WELLINGS (on black cloth tag sewn to left foot) Height: 13-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black mohair wig styled in an upswept bun may not be the original hairstyle/brown painted eyes side-glanceContinue reading “Norah Wellings South Islander Girl”

Norah Wellings ZuZu South Islander

Name: ZuZu South Islander Doll Made by and When: Norah Wellings/1929 Material: Stuffed velvet and velvet over sculpted face, jointed neck Marks: Right black cloth foot tag reads MADE IN ENGLAND/BY/NORAH WELLINGS. Height: 11 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Short brown curly mohair wig/brown glass eyes that glance to the doll’s right, painted upper eyelashes, eyes are linedContinue reading “Norah Wellings ZuZu South Islander”

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”

Cecilia – Cascelloid/Palitoy

Name: Cecilia Made by and When: Cascelloid/Palitoy, 1938 Material: Plastex (bisque-like composition) Marks: Plastex (on neck), Made in England 46 (on upper back) Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black hair with white ribbon inserted in head slot/brown sleep eyes/open mouth with tongue out of place inside Clothes: Redressed in off-white knit dress, sweater and booties,Continue reading “Cecilia – Cascelloid/Palitoy”

Baby Mine

Name: Baby Mine Made by and When: Ideal Toys, Inc., 1911 Material: Composition head, straw-stuffed brown cloth body, arms, and legs; hands are paw-like without fingers Marks: WA9 or WA [reverse P] Height: 11 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Painted brown/brown painted eyes/open mouth painted pink on the inside Clothes: Blue and white plaid romper has “Ideal BabyContinue reading “Baby Mine”