Throughout the 19th and early 20th century, printed cloth sheets for home sewing into dolls were popular. Of factory-made rag dolls, the most famous are washable dolls with painted faces made in Germany from 1910 by Kathe Kruse.
Margarete Steiff, of teddy bear fame, also produced a range of felt dolls, including Golliwogs, which have become highly collectable. The Golliwog was created by Florence Upyon, an American of English parents, to illustrate a children’s story. The Golliwog was a black rag doll with fuzzy hair, a big smile, colourful clothes and a bow tie.
Raggedy Ann dolls were introduced in 1918 by New York cartoonist Johnny Gruelle who subsequently wrote a series of stories about them.
In 1908, the Italian doll maker, Enrico di Scavini founded a company called Lenci to make “art dolls”. These dolls were designed by leading Italian artists and were intended for display. The most collectable Lenci dolls are those made between the Wars. (The pewter Lenci identity tag has often been faked.)
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Dean's Rag Book Doll
on September 16, 2019 at 11:47 pm
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BEAUTIFUL RESTORED ANTIQUE 1930s 16 INCH COMPOSITION/CLOTH BLACK DOLL
on September 16, 2019 at 7:05 am
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Antique French/German Bisque shldr head small doll on cloth body 18cm ht
on September 15, 2019 at 9:39 am
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Antique "Petite" American Character doll composition with cloth body ca 1930s
on September 13, 2019 at 3:21 am
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Antique 2 pieces of underwear for cloth, leather body doll ca 1900 s No 21
on September 12, 2019 at 3:13 am
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