Sunday, July 19, 2015

Steiff type felt dolls made in 1950s, or earlier


This is an example of 8.5 cm tall handmade felt doll - dressed in German Bavarian costumes. Both dolls were made to look like Steiff's early 20 century felt dolls. Our dolls have embroidered face features which makes them different.

The dolls were possibly made in Germany in the 1950s, or earlier and sold as a souvenir;  crafted with recycled round thread box in New Zealand in 1967, or later.

Written information on the box: "Made in England" (stamped); and  priced  in New Zealand currency 9 c a yard (hand writing) - which suggests  that this box  has been imported for retail in NZ. Cents replaced pennies in New Zealand in 1967.

The box itself is functional and helps the dolls to stand in an upright position; it was also designed to give a look of a music box dancing dolls.

Doll hair was made from fine cotton; attached to a doll's head with a very low-quality glue.

We are unsure whether these dolls were made in Germany; however, the "music box dancing dolls display"  was made in New Zealand.

There are more  German souvenir dolls in our collections getting ready for presentation.

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