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by Ruby Lane

1909 German St. Patrick's Day Embossed Postcard Irish Lady in Green Dress

1909 German St. Patrick’s Day Embossed Postcard Irish Lady in Green Dress

St Patrick's Irish Boudoir Bed Doll Red Hair Shamrock Dress

St Patrick’s Irish Boudoir Bed Doll Red Hair Shamrock Dress

It’s almost that time for all things green. Leprechauns all over are gearing up to wear the green and toast the emerald isle!  Dolls in green look wonderful displayed around shamrocks and other St. Patrick’s Day memorabilia.  There are even statues of St. Patrick himself to lend an heir of dignity and spirituality to your décor.

Dolls in Green

WADE potters have created tiny Leprechauns, often sold in sets of threes. Maureen Ferran Taylor made cloth Leprechaun dolls of felt, sometimes very small to be worn as pins.  Other vintage Leprechaun figural pins are made of hard plastic or porcelain, and are really tiny dolls. Of course, there are advertising dolls of the Lucky Charms cereal Leprechaun.  Belleek Irish porcelain Leprechauns are among the finest collectibles, and tiny silver Leprechaun dolls can be worn as necklaces.

Royal Doulton Character Jug Leprechaun

Royal Doulton Character Jug Leprechaun

The Limbach Irish Queen doll head with her pale bisque complexion and black hair makes an excellent addition to Irish dolls and Leprechauns on display.  Vintage Irish “Santas” dressed in green carrying pots of gold are particularly fun this time of year, so are vintage Irish dancers, like the dolls made by Madame Alexander. The 8-inch Alexander Irish doll is also cute, as is an 8-inch vinyl Ginny type doll made during the early 70s. Old comp boudoir dolls are sometimes dressed in St. Patrick’s Day prints and look terrific lounging on a couch or bed.

St. Patricks Day Irish Santa Doll with His Pot of Gold

St. Patricks Day Irish Santa Doll with His Pot of Gold

Green teddies might be the choice of some, even frogs.  Steiff has created an actual Irish bear, but many other vintage plush toys take up the theme and are all cute.  Care Bears are a good choice as well, as are vintage felt Annalee figures for St. Patrick’s Day and vintage Hallmark dolls and figures.

Green Doll Accessories on Ruby Lane

Green Doll Accessories on Ruby Lane

The Curtain Dress on Display at the Harry Ransom Center. Photo by Pamela Y. Wiggins

The Curtain Dress on Display at the Harry Ransom Center. Photo by Pamela Y. Wiggins

Of course, the day was made for the most famous Colleen of all to show off her green frocks, Scarlett O’Hara, especially as she has been portrayed by Madame Alexander since 1937 with those wonderful emerald eyes. 

Scarlett O'Hara Dolls on Ruby Lane

Scarlett O’Hara Dolls on Ruby Lane

Think green when it comes to dolls, and you will find tiny Leprechauns and mini pots of gold among your dolls and miniatures treasures.

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