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Mannequin Doll 1940's Deb-U-Doll

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Posted 3 years ago


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Of all the mannequins I have posted this one is the only one that is classified as a doll ! Margit Nilsen made these to be sold as dolls and you could buy clothes for them factory made . As you can see the doll was meant to be flexible and sit ,bend, cross her legs ect. But the material she was made of did not withstand time and turned very hard and brittle and it became malformed . They no longer can bend and often found with middle of doll broke from the folds into 2 pieces . She was called the "Deb-U-Doll" she is not common to find and her stand and her body both are marked Margit Nilsen Studios . 22" tall circa 1940
She is not made of compo her body was made of a material that had a rubber in it and much like an old tire it got hard over the yrs .
I had to restore her as she was broke and malformed as they are usually found in very poor condition . Had to rebuild her mid section entirely . Her hair was dried and in poor condition after fixing it ,it is in a hairnet :-) he is touched up with paint and seal coat applied to keep her from any further deterioration


  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thanks bellin and Kerry ! for the love . I had to rebuild her also .
  2. kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Very nice job on the remodel, she looks very nice!!
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you kerry !
  4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you crabby-kins ! I am restoring another one like her today in her original box :-)
  5. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Bellin !
  6. michelleamieux michelleamieux, 3 years ago
    Nice gams!! She is beautiful!!
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Michelle !!!!!!!!! :-)
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Wow, you did an amazing job on this Margit doll including the face with your fixes, she really is beautiful now. Seems I had missed this lovely post as probably a lot of people did.
  9. Manikin Manikin, 9 months ago
    Thank you Phil for bring back up this Margit Nilsen Deb U Doll . Hard to find in good condition many are so broke and malformed . I always appreciate your support my friend ! xoxo
  10. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 months ago
    Manikin, Nice restoral and looks great
  11. Manikin Manikin, 9 months ago
    Thank you ttom :-) I appreciate your compliment on the restore :-))

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