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Mannequin doll WWII sewing set…6 of 13Mannequin doll by Fashiondol 1940's 12 1/2" Tall 1940's Butterick 13" Manikin doll and patterns
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Posted 3 years ago


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This is a rare manikin set to find by Helen Hungtington Jones . Helen was a fashion designer by trade but did put out 2 sets with these small 11 1/2 inch manikins with her patterns . The Manikin is attributed to Margit Nilsen and may have been purchased for the sewing sets by Helen . These sets were used to teach young girls to sew and create fashions . 1940's WWII era . It is to bad few records exist for Helen Hungtington Jones .


  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    I am glad you love her , she is special . Wish I had a few more so I could share her with you. These little dolls are wonderful and you picked a real rare to boot
    Thank you scandinavian for your kind words . I will be adding more photo's soon of others :-)
  2. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Good for you scandinavian some people just don't understand these were scuplted by very talented artists and served the country as you may see all came in boxes that have have the flag colors on them. I had one that actually said on box "Help in war effort and learn to sew " It was about saving material and learning . Glad others see what they are and appreciate them as important history and beautiful sculpting by famous artists . They served the country well and deserve their place in history .:-)
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Hi Scandi . Yes do keep your eyes open. I saw a few advertising mannequins like mine that sold each for over a 1000 dollars yesterday on ebay !
    The profile photo is just a photo , but I did have one like her . I have sold so many over the yrs as I try to decrease my collecting :-)
  4. Mcgarrett50 Mcgarrett50, 3 years ago
    My mother was a seamstress ,she made all her own clothes as well as for my sister and I growing up we rarely had storebought untill we were about 7 or so . Im going to ask her if shes ever seen any of these or was this only an American thing ??
  5. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    HiMcgarrett . These were produced during WWII and most of the boxes have American Flag symbols , however they did leave country and came in many sizes this particular one on this page is a rare one to find very few ever made by her . But some of the others I am sure went out of country as gifts ect . Maybe your mom learned to sew with one . That would be fun if she still had it too ! They were made to use less material as it was scare in US during war so stores used them also to display full size patterns in a minature size needing very little material. Many Companies ordered them with their Store name on base . Mostly lingerie Co . McCalls Patterns , Butterick Patterns, Simpilicity Patterns .
    I hope you find one some are very valuable and some not so much at the moment . Thank you for looking at them and thank you for nice note :-)
  6. Diann , 3 years ago
    Good to see a rare Belinda set and your info on Helen Huntington Jones. I have found next to nothing. Would you please share the source of your comments that she was a fashion designer and her connection with Margit Nilsen.
    Just found this website today and so excited to find vintage mini manikins as I am a collector, too, and always hungry for info about their history.
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Glad you like her Diann :-) Happy to share anything with you .
  8. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you AdelBee ! And Thank you all I missed when I first posted I am sorry I didn't thank you I must have been asleep at the wheel here :-)
  9. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Sean,mustang and vetraio50 ! This one is as rare as a chicken with teeth . I don't use rare unless it truely is . Thank you again !
  10. epson233 epson233, 2 years ago
    now that you have educated me -- will keep my eyes open at the local nw auction houses for you that ted and i attend --thanks for sharing
  11. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Another one I missed, love it!
  12. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Phil , This is one of the rarest mannequin sets to find . In 30 years I have seen 3 and I had 2 and a friend one also . Many Thanks for bringing her up again :-)xoxo
  13. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you lourdesmello ! I appreciate you stopping and glad to have you with us :-)
  14. Suzanne44, 7 months ago
    I have "The Debutante Doll Sewing Kit" which includes the Barbie sized doll, some sewing implements (tiny pin cushion, tiny thimble, bias tape, button, etc. along with patterns and even an enclosure card from a son to his mother (I'm guessing it was a gift) in a cloth covered box from the 1940's that I'm interested in selling. If anyone knows where I can get more information on this, apparently, rare doll, I'd appreciate anything you can provide me with. Thank you! Suzanne

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