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Doll - Indian Girl

Indian Girl

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1961 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pedigree Dolls & Toys (manufacturer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Donald Arkinstall

  • Museum number:

    B.36:1, 2-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This object is one of a collection given to the museum. The 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 collection includes dolls from other manufacturers 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

This doll is part of the 7 inch character doll series that Pedigree created. They are all dressed in authentic national costumes. This particular doll is a Native American girl with braided hair and band round the head. Her catalogue number is 7SW/IG and she can be located in the 1961 Pedigree catalogue, where she was titled 'Indian Girl'.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


1961 (manufactured)


Pedigree Dolls & Toys (manufacturer)

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.

Historical context note

An accompanying Native American boy doll was also made by Pedigree complete with bow and arrows. Other characters within this collection include Madame Butterfly, Little Bo-Peep and Robin Hood.

Descriptive line

Plastic moulded Native American girl doll in native dress. Complete with blue and white striped Pedigree box with cellophane window.


Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood


Museum of Childhood

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