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Dutch Walking Dalls circa 1940's

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Posted 5 years ago


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I have had these dolls ince the 1940's. My granfather was a ship captain and brought three sets back from Holland around 1945. I would love to identify them, where they originated, who made them and where I can have the arms reattached and fixed. The legs are wooden and they both walk. R
They appear tp be bisque the arms have fallen off and are cracked. Would like to save the heads befoe they fall inot disrepair. Any sugtgesstions?

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    These types of novelty dolls were often brought back by service men from overseas to loved ones a Mother , Wife ect . They are most apt to have been made in Germany and imported to Holland. Many dolls coming out of Germany were dressed in ethnic clothes of different countries . It is near impossible to ID what company because so many were making them . But because of laws passed in USA items had to be marked by country of origin starting in about 1920 . I would say they have a mark on them on their backs or behind necks. Maybe just a red stamp . Try to look without hurting their clothes as the name of origin vs not being all original would impact their value if clothes get damaged looking . I would be if I were you be happy to know yes they are from the 40's and appear to made of a composition a light weight one . I can't tell but is arm by feet broke ? If the hooks are still on end of arms they are easily reattached by a doll expert in your area it should not cost much . Do they have keys to wind them ? Are their faces made out of different material than legs and arms ? I can't tell by photo .Very nice dolls and great to treasure since you have a family connection to them makes them priceless to you :-) Thanks for sharing them and welcome to CW !

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