Sunday, April 4, 2021

A Happy Easter with an Old Cottage Doll

 Happy Easter and Passover to everyone. I thought I'd share some cheery Spring pictures of the doll Ken gave me for Easter today.

She's an Old Cottage doll.  I've been wanting one for a while, but they can be expensive. I found this girl online recently for a good price though, and Ken bought her for me without my knowing.

Old Cottage dolls were made in England.

The company was started in 1948 by Margaret Fleischmann.

Margaret was originally from Czechoslovakia, but moved to England in 1939.

Margaret began by making dolls for her daughter Susi, who later helped her run the company.

The faces of Old Cottage dolls are hard composition or hard plastic. As you can see, my girl has some cracks in her face. 

 The dolls were available in a couple of sizes. This girl is about 9 inches tall. The bodies are padded wire, covered with felt.

I didn't know until I got this girl, that she can move her head side to side, and her arms and legs are jointed too.

The hair is mohair.

This doll does have some moth damage to her felt limbs too. The felt must be made of wool. It was in those days. Now the felt available in places like JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby is acrylic.

Her dress, which is made of a crepe like fabric, even has matching bloomers.

Her dress is removable and closes in the back with hook and eye closures.

  In the 60's the BBC comissioned Old Cottage Dolls to make a set of Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee dolls. The dolls were also available to the public. I'd love to have a set of those!

  You can order the guide book to Old Cottage Dolls HERE.


  1. Cool! She reminds me a little of R. John Wright's work.

  2. She has such an expressive face!


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