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Fabric doll

Norah Wellings (The Victoria Toy Works Factory) (fl.1926-1959)

Category

Dolls

Date

circa 1955

Materials

Fabric doll, string, velvet and felt

Measurements

210 mm (height)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire, Midlands, National Trust

NT 661726

Summary

A sailor doll manufactured by Norah Wellings. (circa 1955). Moulded flesh coloured felt face with felt ears, painted eyes, eyelashes, eyebrows, nostrils, mouth and teeth. The back of the head is dyed to imitate short red hair. He is wearing a dark blue velvet jacket and beige velvet trousers. He has flesh coloured felt hands and bare feet. The fingers are defined by stitching. A pale blue fabric collar is stitched around the neck with white decorative stitching ending at the front in a black ribbon. There is a piece of twisted string for whistle, which is no longer present, threaded underneath the front of the collar and knotted. On his head he is wearing a flat white cap with a black band. A black ribbon is attached to the left hand side of the black band of the cap.

Provenance

Donated to the Museum of Childhood by Miss Dorothy Ballard in November 1993.

Marks and inscriptions

Label on lower back of doll: MADE IN ENGLAND/ BY/ NORAH WELLINGS

Makers and roles

Norah Wellings (The Victoria Toy Works Factory) (fl.1926-1959), maker

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