Rites of Spring bring to mind The Green Man of Medieval tales, green Fairies, Leprechauns, sprites, and elves. Irish dolls and Leprechauns hold court during March, and a few green Easter plush bunnies and chicks emerge. Green is the color of renewal and spring. Grass shoots up green, Easter eggs hide among flowers, and the air is fresh and cool. What better time to look for dolls wearing the color of spring in its many shades.
Beautiful dolls come from Ireland dressed in traditional outfits, as Irish dancers and Leprechauns. These have composition heads and wire articulated bodies. Some also have miniature Irish fisherman sweaters. Tiny silver doll charms of Leprechauns grace dainty silver chains and dangle from earrings.
R.John Wright has created The Irishman among his Palmer Cox Brownies series. He, and the Band Brownies, Tuba, and Cymbals, also wear green.
Frog princes and frog dolls, including Eden Toys version of Mr. Jeremy King Fisher and Kermit the Frog, are in their element this time of year. Shrek and his family are as green as green can be, and the denizens of Emerald City and The Wizard of Oz stories practically invented the color.
R. John Wrights’ Wicked Witch of the West is the most emerald skinned of all, and she looks as though she might fly at us with her broom, and the Little Mermaid Mouse features an iridescent green tail. Green seems to be a favorite of R. John Wright as so many of their creations feature green.
Many antique dolls wear gorgeous costumes of green. Scarlett O’Hara dolls by Madame Alexander and Royal Dolls wear green costumes, and green ribbons, and of course have green eyes. The ultimate green ensemble is the dress Scarlett makes from green velvet curtains.
The ultimate green ensemble is the dress Scarlett makes from green velvet curtains. The curtain dress was originally designed by Walter Plunkett and it was sold at an auction in Beverly Hills for $137,000.
Mattel has created Barbie dolls with Gone With the Wind costumes, but they have also made a Carol Burnett Barbie wearing the spoof green curtain dress that she wore on her own Carol Burnett show.
Many Pre-Columbian and Asian figurines are made of jade, malachite, and other green stones. Many folk dolls, including cornhusk dolls, started out “green” and many retain the green shade of the leaves and grasses that created them.
Green means springtime, even for dolls, and this time of year, even dolls go green!
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