|Circa 1930s 14-inch Norah Wellings Islander|
Norah Wellings began making dolls in 1919 as the chief doll designer for Chad Valley Dolls of England. She formed her own company in 1926 (Victoria Toy Works) where she continued making dolls along the style of Chad Valley dolls, made of cloth (velvet, velveteen, plush and felt) with mask faces or molded faces underneath. Many of her dolls were sold as souvenirs for the tourist industry. Her dolls were also sold on cruise ships.
|Close-up of 14-inch Norah Wellings Islander illustrates her expressive face and glass eyes, which seem to look through you.|
|Hand made scarf (by me) to cover this doll's missing hair|
I have always wanted at least one additional Norah Wellings doll to upgrade the first one shown in the above photos. That opportunity presented itself with the eBay purchase of my most recent Norah Wellings doll. (Thanks again DS for sharing the link.)
|14-inch Norah Wellings Nassau souvenir doll|
|She has such a lovely face!|
|Cloth tag on right side of neck reads "Nassau."|
|Many Norah Wellings dolls found today no longer contain the cloth tag that identifies them as Wellings dolls. My doll's identifying tag remains intact on the bottom of her right foot.|
The tag sewn to the right side of her neck reads: Nassau. Her right foot tag reads: Made in England by Norah Wellings. Her sewn-on gold dress, made of velveteen, has two felt orange circles on the front of the skirt and two on the back of the skirt. Her short curly brown hair almost matches her complexion. This circa 1950s doll was probably sold as a souvenir doll on the S. S. Nassau cruise ship, which sailed under this name from 1951 through 1961 before the name was changed to the S. S. Acapulco.
|Both are delightfully lovely dolls. Their smiles make me smile.|
|The Nassau and Islander display well together.|
Norah Wellings Dolls 1930s to 1960s by Denise Van Patten
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