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Antique and Vintage Baby Dolls

Dwight Keith.  1953 play doll, maker and doll name unknown.  Bought at Montgomery  Wards in Danville IL on January 7, 1954 for $12.95 by me, age 4, accompanied by my Mom with funds I saved from chores performed for parents and any neighbor willing to help me buy the doll I wanted for Christmas, 1953, that was beyond my parents means.

Dwight was named after a new baby in the neighborhood, on Baldwin Street , in Danville IL .  My favorite doll and the only doll I kept to move to Arizona in 1963.

Unmarked hard plastic head with Rock-a-bye eyes.  Eyes broken then lost in the 1960s, replaced with hazel sleep eyes in about 1975.  Molded hair shows wear from play.  Two upper teeth, felt tongue.  Vinyl arms and legs, plastic coated cloth body, very played with (chewed fingers, crude stitching--probably by me--to repair shoulder and hip areas), 24” long.  Cry box works occasionally.  Original costume was a pink corduroy snowsuit with attached booties and mittens and matching cap.  Probably also had underclothing, perhaps a onesie.  All original clothing lost since the 50s.

 

 

Dwayne Kevin.  Same doll as Dwight Keith (above) but hardly played with.  Dwayne has his original blue Rock-a-bye eyes and they still work, as does his cry box.  Bought on eBay--when I saw this doll and knew it was Dwight's twin, I  HAD to have him and was thrilled that he was in such excellent condition.  I tend to dress them similarly.
Dwitt Kyle.  Same doll as Dwight Keith (above) but hardly played with.  Dwitt also has his original blue Rock-a-bye eyes that work occasionally.    His cry box also works.  Bought at the Billings, MT doll show. I now have triplets!

Puz Baby by Kammer & Reinhardt (K*R). 24” long. Composition head, full arms and legs, cloth body. More rare brown glass flirty eyes. Eyelids are separate and sleep. Celluloid tongue, two teeth. Right hand shaped like “I love you” in American Sign Language, left in fist with extended thumb. Wonderfully molded fat arms, legs and feet. Purchased on eBay.

 
 

J. D. Kestner baby, c 1914. Marked “J. D. K. 17 Made in Germany”. 24” long, porcelain head, original Kestner composition bent limb baby body. Blue-gray hand blown German glass eyes, two upper teeth, wobble tongue. Excellent un-restored condition. Dressed in a turn of the century Christening gown from England. Purchased on eBay.

 
 

Hertel and Schwab baby, c 1914. Marked “151 14”. 24” long, porcelain head, 5-piece composition bent limb baby body. Blue-gray hand blown German glass sleep eyes, open closed mouth with molded tongue. Purchased on eBay.

 
 

J. D. Kestner baby, c 1914. Marked “Made in Germany J. D. K. 257 ”. 25” long, porcelain head, original Kestner composition bent limb baby body. Blue-gray hand blown German glass eyes, stationary, two upper teeth, wobble tongue.  “Made in Germany” red stamp on body, upper back. This baby has an open dome head with replaced pate, and no wig. I'm a bald headed baby person, so her bonnet covers the pate.

 
Bubbles.   c. 1924.  Marked "1924, Effanbee Dolls, Walk, Talk, Sleep, Made in USA”.  Manufactured by Effanbee. 18" tall, cloth body and legs with composition head, shoulder plate and arms, disc-flanged limbs, original non-working crier.  She can suck her fingers (finger position is an identifying feature).  Blue/gray tin litho sleep eyes, painted lashes, molded tongue.  Purchased at Valparaiso, IN doll show.

 

Bubbles.  c. 1924.  Marked ”Effanbee, Bubbles, Copr. 1924, Made in USA”.  Manufactured by Effanbee.  22” tall, cloth body with composition head, shoulder plate, arms and legs.  Painted lashes, blue/gray tin litho sleep eyes, two upper teeth, molded tongue.  Original tagged dress, bonnet, slip, socks, and shoes.  Shoes are cream oilcloth, with white cotton socks.  Purchased at Columbia SC doll show.

 

Bubbles by Effanbee. Marked ”Effanbee, Bubbles, Copr. 1924, Made in USA”.  1924, 22” tall, cloth body with composition head, shoulder plate, arms and legs.  Painted lashes, blue/gray tin litho sleep eyes, two upper teeth, molded tongue.  Redressed in vintage baby dress with matching bonnet, vintage booties with ribbon ties. Purchased at Port Angeles, WA doll show.

ByeLo Baby. c. 1924.  Marked ”Corp by Grace S. Putnum, Made in Germany ” on back of porcelain head.  The Million Dollar Baby.  18 long, 15 1/2” head circumference,  Original marked cloth body with frog legs, celluloid hands.  Painted lashes, blue sleep eyes.  Purchased on eBay.

 

 

1924 ByeLo Baby by Grace Storey Putnum.  14” long, 12” head circumference, marked ”Corp by Grace S. Putnum, Made in Germany” on back of porcelain head.  Original marked cloth body with frog legs, Celluloid  hands with perfect fingers.  Painted lashes, blue sleep eyes.  Original dress slip, diaper and long socks. Purchased at Mankato, MN doll show.

My Dream Baby. c. 1920s.  Marked ”AM Germany / 341/8” on back of porcelain head.  By Armand Marseille.  22” long, 16” head circumference,   Original cloth body with frog type legs, porcelain hands.  Painted lashes, blue sleep eyes, red dots in nostrils and corners of eyes. Purchased on eBay.

 

Baby Beautiful by Ideal, 1938, 20" long, composition head, arms and legs, cloth body, non-working cryer.  Baby has flirty sleep eyes, that are crystallized, with real upper lashes, open mouth with two teeth and felt tongue.  All original with no restoration, original organdy dress, onesie, bonnet, and booties.  Vintage socks and slip added.  Purchased on eBay.

 

 

Composition baby by Molly'es (Mollye Goldman), who purchased unmarked dolls from other companies and then dressed them.  All original, never played with.  She is marked with a cloth tag on the bottom side of her right leg.  Composition head with molded painted hair, sleep eyes and a painted closed mouth, 18" long.

The clothing is perfect, made of organdy with satin ribbon trim and amazing details like embroidered pattern near the 25" long gown hem and multiple layers of lace ruffles on the bonnet.   Original matching long sleeved slip, flannel diaper, undershirt, knit socks with ribbon ties. The under garments appear to have never been removed.  Purchased on eBay.

 

 

Baby Darling by Horsman. Marked 200, upside down, on the back of the head.  Early 1930s.  25” composition head, full arms and curved baby  legs to above the knees.  Kapock stuff body with jointed shoulders and sewn hip joints.  Molded painted blond hair with S curl.  Brown sleep eyes with real upper lashes.  Two upper and two lower teeth.  Original dress, bonnet, shoes and socks. Purchased on eBay.

 

Honey.  c. 1928. Marked “Acme Toy Co.”  24" long, composition flange head, full arms, bent legs to above the knees, jointed at shoulders and hips.  Cloth body and upper legs.  Molded painted blond hair, gray tin sleep eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth, two dimples.  Lower lip and tongue molded together.  Dressed in a real baby dress and bonnet. Purchased on eBay.

 

  This is my second Honey, also 24" long. she is dressed in a real baby dress and bonnet. I purchased her on eBay in terrible condition and, following a composition doll restoration course by Janie Nafsinger (AntiqueChild.com), I restored her. I'm not very good yet, but am having fun!  
  Baby Brite, 22" long, 1928 composition flange head and limbs, stuffed cloth body, molded painted blonde hair, gray celluloid sleep eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth, slight dimples on each side of mouth.  Marked: Madame Hendren Doll.  Although I have seen other large Baby Brites with hands shaped like these, I do not believe they are accurate.  So, I don't know if my baby has replaced arms, or behaps the entire body.  Everything except the shape of the hands matches the 18" Baby Brite, below, and pictures I have seen.  Purchased on at Puyallup, WA doll show.
BabyBrite18 Baby Brite, 18" long, 1928 composition flange head and limbs, stuffed cloth body, molded painted blonde hair, gray celluloid sleep eyes, open mouth with two upper teeth, slight dimples on each side of mouth, can put her right index finger in her mouth.  Marked: Madame Hendren Doll.  Original dress, bonnet, shoes and socks.  Slip and undies added. Purchased on eBay.
 

Dimples.  c. 1928 Marked “© E.I.H. CO. INC”.  20" long.  Composition flange head and arms and legs on a cloth body, molded painted hair, blue/gray sleep eyes, open smiling mouth with two teeth.  Redressed in vintage blue dress and bonnet. Purchased at Mankato, MN doll show.

1928 Baby Dimples, marked: “© E.I.H. CO. INC”.  22" long.  Composition flange head and arms and legs on a cloth body, molded painted hair, blue/gray sleep eyes, open smiling mouth with two teeth.  Redressed in period appropriate dress, coat and bonnet. Purchased at Port Angeles, WA doll show.

 

This is Happy Tot, a Petite doll by American Character.  See Composition Dolls, 1900 – 1950, Volume II Ursula R. Mertz, Page 66. 28” long, composition head/shoulder plate (no joint at neck), full composition arms, composition legs to upper thighs, cloth body.  Grey/blue tin eyes, open mouth with molded tongue, two upper teeth, red dots in eye corners and nostrils.  I purchased this baby in very bad condition at the Billings, MT doll show and restored her during my training with Janie Nafsinger (AntiqueChild.com). I intended to sell her, but she's a keeper!