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Fabric doll

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

Category

Dolls

Date

1926 - 1959

Materials

Felt, stockinette and plastic

Measurements

200 mm (height)

Place of origin

England

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Collection

National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)

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NT 661930

Summary

Two ‘Norah Wellings’ painted cloth male dolls (circa 1926 to circa 1959). The first doll has a stockinette head, with moulded features and painted facial details. He has short light brown artificial hair over which is a blue felt removable hat without brim. The body, arms and legs are all fabric and are jointed at the shoulders and hips. His arms and upper body are made from a red velvet type fabric and his lower body and legs are made from a grey velvet type fabric mimicking shirt and trousers. He has four white plastic buttons sewn onto his body. His hands are cream coloured and his feet are yellow to mimic shoes. He has two holes in his head, possibly due to moth damage. The second doll has a velvet type cream coloured head without hair. He has moulded facial features and painted facial details. He wears a yellow felt hat with a red trim on the brim. His body, arms and legs are all fabric and are jointed at the shoulders and hips. His arms are made from a blue felt and his body is made from a red velvet type fabric. Sewn over his chest is a blue felt jacket shape to mimic a jacket and red shirt beneath. His legs are made from a brown velvet-type fabric which mimics trousers. His feet are a black velvet-type fabric which mimics shoes. His hands are a cream colour. The back of his hat, chest and arms have insect holes, possibly moth damage. Total number of items is 2.

Marks and inscriptions

Left foot: MADE IN ENGLAND/ BY/ NORAH WELLINGS (doll with hair) Left foot: MADE IN ENGLAND/ BY/ NORAH WELLINGS (doll with no hair)

Makers and roles

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

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