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  • 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)


1930s (made)


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.


Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Musical instruments


Museum of Childhood

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