This wonderful pair of hand made Mascotes Maria Helena are in excellent condition. These Portuguese dolls were made by hand by local craftsmen, and dressed in typical local costume. Each doll was individually made. The dolls are about 7" high with a wired stuffed cloth body and embroidered eyes and mouth. You may read more about these dolls in the book: "The Encyclopedia of Regional Dolls of the World" by Marjorie Fainges, page 119.
The young man is a Nazare fisherman. He is barefoot, with one pants leg rolled up a bit. He carries a net with cork floats and wears a jaunty cap with a tassel. He still has the original foil Maria Helena hangtag. His foot is marked Nazare.
The young lady wears a green gingham blouse and a green skirt with colorful apron. On her head is a basket of vegetables made of felt and yarn. The hang tag is still in place, but the outer foil has been lost. She is marked Oporto on the bottom of her shoe.
Both dolls are in excellent condition with slight vintage wear. They have been in storage since the mid 1980's.
These dolls are part of a large collection of dolls from around the world. The former owner collected these over the course of many decades, from her travels or the travels of friends and family. They date from the 1930's to about 1979. She kept a record of the year and place of acquisition, so we are able to identify most of these dolls. We would like to find new homes for all these dolls, and are happy to combine shipping and to consider offers for multiple purchases.