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Dolls head puppet

Dolls head puppet

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1915 - 1920 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gunther, Emil (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Donald Arkinstall

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This object is one of a collection given to the museum. This collection is quite important as it belonged to Dennis Arkinstall. Dennis worked in the toy industry for a company called Lines Brothers Ltd, they were mostly famous for their Tri-ang range of toys. Dennis was a sculptor and worked in the research and development of new toys for the company in particular the dolls which were produced under the Pedigree trade name. The catalogues highlight that their range of dolls are realistic and produced by a sculptor. We do not know when Dennis started working at the factory but we know that he was an influential figure in the designing of their most popular doll Sindy, which was produced in 1963.

This collected includes dolls from other manufactures as he would have collected them to inspire new ideas. They are often just heads, which was not uncommon as these were usually exported in large numbers and the bodies made at their destination as it was a cheap way to manufacture. The collection also includes moulds and experimental pieces from the factory as well as complete ones in their presentation boxes.

Physical description

Dolls head (baby) is made of moulded or pressed card. It is made in two halves and then been stapled together. The head has molded hair, hand painted features, it's mouth is open reveling two bottom teeth.. The name Gunther is hand written on the back of the head. The head has been sown onto a plain cloth body making it into a hand puppet. Its hands are made of plastic and have also been sewn on.

Place of Origin

Germany (manufactured)


1915 - 1920 (manufactured)


Gunther, Emil (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Moulded card

Marks and inscriptions

HJ 2


Height: 35 cm, Width: 30 cm

Object history note

This item belonged to Dennis Arkinstall, who worked for Lines Brothers Ltd as a sculptor. It was given to the museum by his son after his death.

Descriptive line

Dolls head made by Emil Gunther in Germany between 1915 and 1920.

Production Note



Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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