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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1914 - 1918 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Goss & Co (manufacturers)
    Diamond Pottery Co (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Unglazed stoneware doll with a stuffed cloth body and composition limbs.

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased from Faith Eaton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The doll is an example of dolls made in England during the First World War, while German stocks were not available.

Physical description

The shoulder head has an open mouth showing four teeth, stationary blue glass eyes and a wig of brown mohair. The body is made of pink cotton stuffed with brown wool fibres. Lower arms and legs of composition, painted; there are wear marks on the inner legs and the feet. There is what appears to be a chip on the nose however it is a casting fault.
There is a mark on the back of the shoulders: a number 4 inside a circle, above the wording CLASSIC ENGLAND. On the back of the body are two oval ink stamps both unreadable except for part of the word CLASSIC.
The doll is wearing a pink cotton dress, a white cotton chemise/petticoat and white cotton drawers.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1914 - 1918 (made)


Goss & Co (manufacturers)
Diamond Pottery Co (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Unglazed stoneware doll with a stuffed cloth body and composition limbs.


Length: 44 cm, Width: 10 cm Shoulders

Descriptive line

Dressed stoneware doll made in England, Classic brand, 1913-24


Stoneware; Mohair; Glass; Wool; Cotton


Moulded; Stuffed; Sewn; Painted


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys


Museum of Childhood

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