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Mannequin doll WWII sewing set…2 of 13Margit Nilsen Deb-U-doll 1940's 25" Manikin with Very Deco look 1940's
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Posted 4 years ago

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I found this mannequin years ago poking around in a basement of a large Victorian estate. I was hunting with a flashlight in a crawl space off of the basement when I came across this object that startled me. The dim lighting made me think it was a dead body at first sight! I carried it upstairs to pay for it and people were laughing at it asking me why would I want such a thing! The people collecting the money told me to take it at NO CHARGE!
The mannequin was attached to a board that had rotted from being under the house. My wife repalced the back board, cleaned, dressed and added jewelry. She now hangs in my garage and has been quite a conversation piece.

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  1. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 4 years ago
    Ha! I can imagine coming across that in the dark, I would be freaked out too!
  2. neal boyer, 4 years ago
    Lovely lady! did U learn how old she is, where from and her value?? thnks, NB
  3. Victoriankitty Victoriankitty, 4 years ago
    No info yet....I bought her just because of her uniqueness!
    She looks like she would be from the 20s-30s......I don't know?
    Any help would be appreciated!
  4. goldenaftrnoon goldenaftrnoon, 4 years ago
    Really Cool! Did the mannequin have any clothes or painted clothing underneath? Is her hair detachable?
  5. Victoriankitty Victoriankitty, 4 years ago
    She had white linen clothing in about the same style but they were in really bad condition. My wife replaced all of the clothing.
  6. goldenaftrnoon goldenaftrnoon, 4 years ago
    I remember seeing something simliar at the rosebowl antique flea market and the seller said it was a store bathing suit counter top display mannequin
  7. Victoriankitty Victoriankitty, 4 years ago
    Thanks....that's what we thought it might be!
    I forgot to answer your other question, the hair is attached at the top of the head.
  8. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    How tall is she ?
  9. Victoriankitty Victoriankitty, 12 months ago
    I sorry Manikin, I didn't see your question. She is 39" from her toes to her head.
    Do you know what she might be worth?? Thanks for the question!
  10. Manikin Manikin, 11 months ago
    I am sorry I long forgot this post . She has collapsed that is her body melted from the rubber in the material used to make her . I would guess she is 30" not counting raised arms . She would have been a store display and on a counter modeling a sample size of clothes . These mannequins because of WWII different materials were tried on them as the war needed most of the rubber ect . So many of the mixtures did not hold up well and you get the deformity you see on your girl . She deserved to be saved but her value to a collector would not be very high because of condition . I would like to see her on a stand not hanging . Her face is still beautiful and she has a look that could attribute her to Margit Nilsen as the artist . Heat and moisture are her enemy to preserve keep from drastic room temperature change . Her feet have also collasped downward they would have been flat at one time Or she was made for a display as a ballerina . Does she have holes in bottom of feet ?
  11. Victoriankitty Victoriankitty, 10 months ago
    Thanks Manikin! Your right she has collapsed, she has a steel rod coming out of her back, its bent down like she was hung on a stand or wall mount. No holes in her feet. She looks like she was made to look like she was laying down, almost like she was laying on a beach?

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