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  • Place of origin:

    England (manufactured)

  • Date:

    20th century (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pedigree Dolls & Toys (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Vinyl, fabric

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Donald Arkinstall

  • Museum number:

    B.70:1 to 7-2010

  • 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 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

A vinyl doll, she is dressed in a blue dress with a white flower pattern. She has short dark brown hair, blue eyes which close when lying down and red painted lips. She has white shoes and white netted socks.

Place of Origin

England (manufactured)


20th century (manufactured)


Pedigree Dolls & Toys (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Vinyl, fabric

Marks and inscriptions

On the box


Height: 58.8 cm Box

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

A vinyl doll in a dox made by Pedigree in England


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys


Museum of Childhood

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