Miriam makeba doll

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 for our museum the artisan's  information  written on the bottom of each kokeshi doll.

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.

Style no.011

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Anzac grandad's improvised toy

This is a match box from the early 1970s  Thomas O'Neill got from his grandfather who used to visit nearly every day. On the match box is written name Thomas. Thomas's brother Brian would also get a match box with his name on it. The rest of Thomas's two brothers and two sisters were already grown up.

Most days grandfather would give Thomas a matchbox with 20 c inside, often a big block of chocolate. Thomas kept one of those match boxes he used to get from his grandfather Jack Menzies. It was a toy and reward present for Thomas. "The matchbox with a coin (penny) in it was a trick thing where the coin would disappear when it was closed and then opened again" Thomas's oldest brother Michael O'Neill remembers.

Jack's older brother James went to South Africa in the Boer wars, and Jack, James and his brothers Stuart and Duncan joined the army in 1915, and went to Galipoli. Stuart and Duncan (below) were killed in action, James was wounded three  times and ultimately was discharged with shell shock in 1919, Jack returned home and married his English bride  Florence Williams whom he met in Southampton.(Pictured 1 penny in the match box.)
Stuart (left) and Duncan (right)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NZ Anzac centenary 2016: WW I NZ nurse dolls created for RSA Napier Women's Goup display

NZ Anzac Centenary 2016: two WW I nurse dolls created for RSA Napier Women's Group display. Dolls created by Mary O'Neill; exhibited at the RSA Napier on Monday 17 April 2016. Dorothy Cantlay (a story teller) said that the first Anzac casualties were NZ nurses.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Japanese dolls with big eyes popular in 1960s and 1970s

These type of dolls are well known as Bradley pose dolls, or musical dolls, also called Southern belle (with stand or music box). Bradley imported these type of dolls from Korea and Japan for the American market. Not many people know that the name 'Bradley pose dolls' makes no sense in New Zealand. The N.Z Agent Miles Rybond Agencies LTD from Christchurch   imported these dolls from Japan to New Zealand in 1960s and 1970; also marked  as WEBB. The tag on 1960s import was looking different.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bride doll made in Japan in the late 1960s- late 1970s

Tag: Wind up musical fashion doll. Revolves on stand as music box plays tune.

This type of doll was known as a "doll with big eyes" made in Japan in the late 1960s to early1970s - which influenced the Bratz doll production in the late 1990s. We have completed our research on imported dolls from Japan. Read more about their popularity in New Zealand in our next post.

About bride dolls: they were also very popular in NZ from 1950s to1990s. We have not completed our research about the significance of a bride doll in the NZ doll history.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Franklin Heirloom dolls Ladies' Home Journal centennial 1984 collection

This is an example of Franklin  Heirloom dolls Ladies' Home Journal (American magazine) centennial 1984 collection. Fine porcelain; height  48cm.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Queen Victoria by Franklin Mint made in 1983

This is an example of queen Victoria  porcelain doll.
Edition: Queens of England Series by The Franklin Mint. Collection 1983.
Height 45 cm.

Certificate of Authenticity - Victoria Regina
This is to certify that Victoria Regina is an portrait doll crafted in fine fine bisque porcelain, hand-painted and costumed in a hand-tailored gown. It is further certified that this doll is available exclusively from Franklin Heirloom Dolls, by direct application only. Sep 6 1983 Certified
For Franklin Heirloom Dolls Whitney Anne Smith, Director (signature). 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Rita Hayworth portrayed Carmen in the Loves of Carmen movie in 1948

This is an example of a Carmen doll made out of cloth and silk. This doll portrays actress Rita Hayworth who played the role of Carmen  in Loves of Carmen movie made in 1948. Height 20 cm.

Carmen Miranda doll from Brazil made circa 1960-1970

This is an example of  a Carmen Miranda doll from Brazil made circa 196-1970. Height 22 cm.

Doll from Bermuda made circa 1960-1970

This is an example of a souvenir Chiquita doll from Bermuda made circa 1960-1970. Height 25 cm.

Souvenir doll from Rio, Brazil made circa 1960s

This is an example of a souvenir doll made in Rio, Brazil circa 1960s. Height 18 cm.

Celluloid dolls from the beach town Nazare in Portugal made 1950-1960

These are four celluloid dolls from the beach town Nazare in Portugal made 1950-1960. There are more dolls from  Nazare in our Portugal dolls collections.Height 30 cm and less.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette doll made circa 1960s

King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette doll made circa 1960s. Palace of Versailles.Height 14 cm.

Isabella queen of France, collectors doll historical No.7 made circa 1960s

Tag inscription: "Isabella queen of France  1370 - 1435.  Daughter of Stephen II, duke of Bavaria  - at 15 married Charles VI, who become King of France in 1389 - 3 years later Charles went insane...married her daughter Kate to Henry V [king of England]". Kate was mother of Henry VI. Collectors doll historical No.7. Height 19 cm.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Kiwiana collection: Mary Lou doll

This is an example of Mary Lou doll.
Mary Lou and Buzzy Bee are iconic wooden toys traditionally made in NZ, especially popular in the 1970's.Earlier on we published info for a related item, Buzzy Bee toy.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Kiwiana collection: All Blacks knitted doll

When tourists come to New Zealand they usually like to see something specific to New Zealand.There are a number of people in NZ who are very passionate supporters of All Blacks rugby team and have become very active. Unlike the toy One of a kind crocheted doll in a beige colour NZ’s cricket uniform made in 1981 we published earlier, these 3 items are much bigger (height 36 and 34 cm), suitable for children to play with. We do not have information that those dolls have been used as mascots, or taken to the sport fields - but certainly we imagine it could be so.

Friday, January 1, 2016

A porcelain doll dressed in traditional Welsh costume

     Pictures of our Welsh dolls online gallery, currently being uploaded.This doll is an example of vintage porcelain doll in traditional Welsh costume. 

    The majority of Welsh dolls in our gallery were made between1940-1960, this one dates from more recent decades.

     This is a  Bronwen Dolls LL34 Item No: BPD9001. Height 24cm.  Dolls in the Bronwen dolls collections were differently named e.g. Angharad. The name of our doll is Catrin.  eBay UK Selers asking for this doll ca 45-50 pounds.