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Doll

Doll

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1930s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (makers)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Mary Clemow

  • Museum number:

    B. 272:1,2-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a sailor doll, produced in Germany. The doll was produced during the 1930s, at a time when these types of dolls were extremely popular. This doll has a composition head (made from glue and sawdust), which was a common material used to make dolls heads during the 1920s, through to the 1940s. Unfortunately there is no distinct maker's mark, which implies that the doll is a copy from the larger doll companies which manufactured the composition dolls at the time. Sailor dolls were usually marked with the name of a particular ship. The SS Hamburg was a German ocean liner owned by the Hamburg America Line, built by the Blohm & Voss Shipbuilders of Hamburg, Germany and launched in 1926. She became a naval accommodation ship for the German Navy in 1940. On 7 March 1945 during the evacuation of the forces from the Eastern Front, she struck a mine and sank.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1930s (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (makers)

Marks and inscriptions

D. R. S. M.
Mark on the accordion (part 2), it is very faint and possibly a makers' mark.

Descriptive line

Sailor Hamburg doll with accordion, made in Germany during the 1930s.

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Musical instruments

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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