Hi, Debbie! I was given your email address by Sherry Howard over at Auction Finds, a fellow collectibles person.
Sometimes in my picking/selling travels I come across an item which I'm not comfortable selling, like this Mammy doll which was hiding at the bottom of a box of old Madame Alexander dolls. I don't [principally] sell things like this, and yet I know that there are people who collect these for historical or academic purposes so I am reluctant to just toss it.
Any chance you would like to add it to your a collection? I'd be happy to send it along.
She's cast plastic, has no limbs, is about 5" from head to crotch, and is stamped "France." Although I know little about these dolls, I wouldn't be surprised if the eerily blue eyes were unusual.
Let me know if you have any questions!
|Circa 1960s souvenir doll from French West Indies|
I accepted Ellen's offer to send the doll to me and offered to pay postage, which she did not require. The doll arrived yesterday. She is as I suspected and shared with Ellen who was curious about the doll's origin: a souvenir doll that was probably sold to tourists in the French West Indies. Upon visual inspection, her rigid plastic construct dates her to the 1960s. The missing arms and legs were probably attached with a rubber band which deteriorated over time, separating them from the one-piece head and body.
Similar dolls made prior to the 1960s included those with bisque heads with composition bodies and later all celluloid. The use of celluloid was discontinued in the US during the 1930s because of its flammability, but other countries continued its use in doll making. Other Caribbean souvenir dolls were made of porcelain and cloth like these three that I own.
Manufacture of Caribbean souvenir dolls continues as a thriving business for the tourist trade. Today's dolls can be made of cloth or vinyl. The plaid of my doll's skirt is similar to that used on newer souvenir dolls in Martinique dress from Fort De France, Martinique, Windward Islands, West Indies.
|She has no arms or legs, but has found a new home.|
Link to previous post on souvenir dolls from Caribbean
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