Monday, May 22, 2017

Japanese Sado Island Okesha dancer with shamisen musical instrument made in 1950s

Pictured vintage Japanese doll holds in her hand an unusual instrument.This is a shamisen - a Japanese name given to the traditional three string musical instrument. In more detail, this musical instrument had reached the peak of its popularity in the Kabuki Theater performances from the seventeenth century. Accordingly, in his famous painting  the artist  Kirtagawa Utumaro (mid 1700s-1806) portrayed a geisha playing her shamisen.

This doll depicts a Japanese Sado Island Okesha dancer with her shamisen musical instrument. Sado Island is situated in the Chubu Region (Nigata Prefecture) which is in the central region of the one of  four main Japanese Islands called Honshu.

This Japanese Sado Island Okesha dancer with shamisen musical instrument doll is a new addition to our Japanese Doll Gallery Japanese Doll Gallery  Doll height 25 cm.

Miss Poland from the Rexard Collectors Costume dolls edition

 Miss Poland by Rexard
We have previously discussed the vintage wooden dolls which depict Polish national costumes, and were traditionally made in Poland. The first example  was  A pair of wooden dolls dressed in Kujawy costumes made in Poland in the late 1950s to early 1960sThe second example was  Polish wooden dolls dressed in Lowicz costume
The Polish national costume reached its highest popularity mid last century. Accordingly they soon have become a part of the Rexard Collectors 'Costume Empire Made Dolls'. This doll is a genuine example of this collection. Doll height 19 cm.

Dolls from Madras in India made in the 1970s

These five dolls are example of the  typical national costumes worn in the  Madras Region in India.These dolls were made after the Madras State was formed in India in 1950s.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jamaican souvenir dolls sold in the 1940s

This is an example of a rare Jamaican  souvenir doll sold in the1940s; manufuctured as a  limited edition. Doll mark: Made in Jamaica.

S.P.K. dolls made in Thailand circa 1960s

This is an example of a S.P.K. doll made in Thailand circa 1960s.
Height 15 cm.

Dolls in Tenerife national costume

This is an example of a souvenir doll couple dressed in Tenerife national costume; national pattern 27.900. Height 14 cm. These dolls were made before 1970.

Doll from Rhodesia

This is an example of a souvenir doll from Rhodeasia made in 1960s. Height 23 cm.

Maltese National Costume egg seller girl made in circa 1960s

This is an example of a Maltese national costume doll made circa 1960s. Tag: Maltese National Costume egg seller girl. Doll height: 21 cm.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Frozen Charlotte doll made in the Victorian era

 Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
The frozen Charlotte doll has been discussed earlier in the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum blog post named Frozen Charlotte doll in her pram - also called a penny doll, pillow doll, pudding doll  .......That post gave an example of a frozen Charlotte doll made before the 1930s. Moreover, there was given information about the frozen Charlotte's background.

In this post, however, here is an example of the very rare frozen Charlotte porcelain doll made in the Victorian era circa the1850s. Height 6,5 cm.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Polish wooden dolls dressed in Lowicz costume

 Polish wooden dolls dressed in Lowicz costume
This is another example of typical Polish wooden dolls made in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Polish wooden doll  of that era usually wear national costumes.This pair is dressed  in Lowicz costume, Central Poland. Tag: Made in Poland.
See also A pair of wooden dolls made in Poland in the late 1950s to early 1960s


Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Zealand Franciscan friar peg doll

This is an example of the New Zealand vintage peg dolls depicting a Catholic Franciscan preacher religious figure. Attention was paid to detail: the face was hand painted, the Franciscan holds a bible with several pages, necklace with a cross, shoes, undergarments, pedestal covered with green felt. This doll was made circa in the 1970s, face painted in more recent years.

Today, there are three orders of St Francis of Assisi: The Friars Minor,  Secular Franciscans and the Poor Claires (sisters). One of the well-known Capuchin Franciscan's was Padre Pio who lived in Italy. He is also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. On the other side, in New Zealand, the Custody of the Immaculate Conception  Capuchin Foundation was established in 1958. Today they are Secular Franciscans.

However, the Friar Minors have been known to be preaching on the streets since the time of their founder St. Francis of Assisi. Therefore the Bible in this peg doll's hands identifies the Friar Minor. There is no evidence to suggest who made this doll. For example, this doll may have been made by someone who has been at the retreat center run by the Order of Friars Minor of the Holy Spirit Provence in New Zealand. Visitors may have made it when they returned home.

Monday, December 19, 2016

A pair of wooden dolls dressed in Kujawy costumes made in Poland in the late 1950s to early1960s

Polish wooden dolls dressed in Kujawy costume.
This is an example of typical Polish wooden dolls made in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Polish wooden dolls of that era usually wear national costumes. Accordingly, this pair is dressed in Kujawy costumes. Kujawy (Latin Cuiavia) lowlands situated in the north and central Poland. Tag: Made in Poland.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Kiwiana doll: the 'plastic fantastic' era and a tea party hostess doll from Gisborne

It is not unusual to see the vintage Kiwiana dolls -  cotton/wool crocheted, tatted, or knitted outfits. In contrast, our doll not only has an outfit crafted from a plastic doily, this doll also has a unique shape: so cakes and lollies could have been served in the skirt pockets space. This doll was made in Gisborne, in the 1950s, and there is no evidence to suggest that this type of doll was made systematically.

The doll outfit was made in the following way: the top part (blouse) was knitted with a pink colored plastic knitting yarn - well known by the name raffia. After that, the four pieces of the round plastic doily were knitted with the same pink colored raffia on the edges: to give the look of the pink lace attached to flounce skirt pattern.

After that, one of four pieces was used as a flat base, and the other three pieces were laid over and arranged in a circle; and then stitched together with a plastic knitting yarn to make the desired round shaped doll skirt -making 6 pockets. The central part of the bottom doily is stitched with a skirt.

Then, the hard plastic 1950s doll with her pink blouse was added by simply placing doll legs in the skirt. The following step was to knit together the edges of the skirt with a doll blouse.

We spoke to Robyn, who is an antique and second-hand dealer in Napier.

"In New Zealand, plastic doilies would have come out in 1948, when I was 5. We use to use them quite often as an ornament on dressing tables, or underneath of backlit plastic radios. In 1960, they sort of,  went against them, they had paper ones. Plastic doilies returned in the 1970s. The Plasterton factory from town Masterton made plastic doilies, plastic bags, washing baskets, fake tableclothsJapanese buyers bought them out, and 150 women lost their jobs. That's when they stopped making them. Today, people would buy them immediately if they spotted them in the second hand and antique shop"said Robyn.

According to our research, apart from plastic and paper doilies - crochet, and crochet & linen design doilies were also popular in the 1960s and 1970s. In more detail, Calypso crochet, and crochet & linen design publications which were originally printed in the 1960s, were often reprinted in the 1970s; and widely distributed throughout New Zealand wool shops. This tells us about their popularity.

The pictured cover page of our copy of  Calypso publication has a stamp on it: Neil Goodman Limited Wool Shops Nelson Richmond Motueka. This copy was first published in 1968, reprinted 1978.

Friday, November 11, 2016

A pair of large dento kokeshi dolls made by Shozo Akakarita

This is an example of the vintage dento kokeshi dolls. Kento Ogawa  translated the artisan's  information  written on the bottom of each kokeshi doll for the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum -

Accordingly, the male figure has written only the artisan's given name: Shozo. In contrast, on the bottom of the female kokeshi figure the complete information is given - the artisan's name and surname: Shozo Akakarita.

Those types of kokeshi dolls are traditionally made as a pair. Therefore, this example has become - a way of knowing -  especially helpful during the identification process when only artisan's first name is written on the bottom of both figures.

 Dolls height 37 cm.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Isabelle Jim handmade Navajo doll

Certificate of Authenticity Isabelle Jim Artist #113124

'DINE , 'The People' as Navajo call themselves, live today on the largest Indian reservation in the United States. Much of the Navajo lifestyle has been passed down from generation unchanged from ancient times. Many men and women wear the traditional velveteen tops decorated with silver and turquoise. the women's skirts are long full skirts of either velveteen or calico. The Navajo, are well-known for their sandpainting, silversmithing and rug weaving.'

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Moll's Trachten Puppen - doll wears an upper Bavarian costume

Moll's Trachten Puppen - doll wears an upper Bavarian costume made before 1970.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Y.W.C.A. Center Aqabat Jaber Refugee Camp Jericho in Jordan dolls made in the 1967

This is an example of a doll made by the refugees in the  United Nations Y.W.C.A. Center Aqabat Jaber Refugee Camp Jericho in Jordan during the Arab-Israeli war in the 1967. 

The material they have used are cardboard, wire, recycled old clothes, bamboo stick for a flute,  and the cap on one our doll is hand- crocheted.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dolls in Puritan costume made in Minnesota in the late 1950s to late 1960s.

This is an example of souvenir dolls made in the town Maple Lake in  Minnesota US in the late 1950 s to late 1960 s. These two dolls portray Puritans.

Tag attached to a man leg reads: Another First by Carlson Manufacturing CO., Maple Lake Minnesota assured quality.
Tag on the women leg reads:  Another First by Carlson Manufacturing CO., Maple Lake Minnesota assured quality 'November Girl'.Limited edition, signed by the manufacturer.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Hungarian doll from Mezokovesd made in 1960s

This is an example of a vintage hand-made doll from the Mezokovesd district in the Northern part of Hungary, made in the early 1960s.
Matyo is the name given to Magyars (Hungarian people) who are locals of the Mezokovesd district. Szentistvan is one of their villages.
This doll wears Mezokovesd costume with a Matyo style of hand emboidered apron. What makes this vintage doll special is also the fact the Matyo embroidery in more recent years has become acknowledged under the provisions of the UNESCO's Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage (in force since 2006).
The doll sits on a wooden chair. In the sitting position doll height is 32 cm.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

William Goebel doll in sailor suit made between 1890 - 1910; named Albert

William Goebel antique bisque dolls were made in Germany from 1861 to 1930.This doll in a sailor suit is an example of authentic William Goebel antique bisque dolls made between 1890 -1910. Migrants from the UK brought this doll to New Zealand  circa 1910.

The outfit of this doll  is very similar to German school boy uniform popular in the early 1900s; it was also  fashionabe in  Victorian Era. Other features: natural hair, original boy doll outfit - named Albert.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Boatwomen doll made in Essex in 1976

Boatwomen in traditional dress - around the turn of the century. Hand-dresses and painted  by D & P Barlow ....Essex  D + PB 76

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Doll from Guernsay made in the late 1960s - early 1970s

This doll was sold in a clear plastic box.
Tag: Hand made; Guernsey Lady; A Guernsey gift product.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Norfolk Island convict souvenir doll made in Australia in the late 1960s - early 1970s

An interesting pair of dolls made in Australia in the late 1960s - early 1970s.

Tag (typewriting font)"My name is John. I was convicted in London England for stealing bread and transported to Sydney (Penal Colony) in 1791. Because of misconduct I was sent to Norfolk island where I worked in the Governor gardens, Hospitals, and for further punishment sent to the road gangs. I was flogged and ill treated and had little to eat."
Tag (typewriting font) 'My name is Sarah or Tevarua (My Tahitian name). I came to Norfolk Island in 1856. I worked keeping house, tending the garden, and making Mudda (dumplings) and Pilki (green bananas wrapped in banana leaves). I spoke a mixture of Tahitian and English".

Monday, May 30, 2016

Souvenir doll from Exotic Matabeleland circa 1970s

Tag: 'Bulawayo Home Industries
African hand-crafted specialty products'.
Handmade circa 1970s.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Souvenir doll from Zimbabwe

Tag: 'An authentic souvenir and unique gift. Collect them. We certify that each doll is unique and individually hand-modeled in our Zimbabwe studio. The people of our country have inspired Trish Syer, the artist and designer to create this valuable doll depicting the activities of rural and urban life in Africa'.

Body of this doll is made out of clay; doll made circa 1970s.

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