Posted 2 years ago
This pair of 4 1/2 inch high all-bisque Fumsup dolls came to me through my mother. My grandfather, who was a medical doctor with the Canadian Army in WWI, managed to bring his wife and two small daughters to England despite the hostilities. A note with the dolls mentions the year 1916 and going to see 'Chu Chin Chow'.
The dolls' arms are jointed at the shoulder, thumbs cocked. A green four leaf clover is painted on their foreheads, and blue wings on their heels. The eyes are painted, and their heads bald except for a pony tail painted at the back. They are dressed identically in a short white undergarment with a green overgarment which has wings at the back.
Each doll has a heart shaped green paper sticker on the chest bearing the words, 'British Fumsup Regd Nos' and two series of numbers, 631613 and 359090.
Can anyone suggest a likely manufacturer of these dolls? Also, is it possible to decipher a date of manufacture from the registry numbers?
I appreciate your attention.