Vintage 18” Mollye Circle X Walking Ballerina, 1950s, walks, kneels and poses like a prima ballerina with jointed ankles and knees. The arms, legs, feet and body are made of hard plastic, while the head is vinyl. The movement of her legs at the hip is stiff and creaks. This walking doll has a peculiar molded leg with a ridge at the hip joint. This type of leg is seen not only on this Mollye doll, but also on Valentine dolls and unmarked dolls. The head moves only slightly from side to side with each step. The arms at the shoulders are loose, and like the hips, would most likely require some care to work properly. There are some slight scuffs, marks and tape (?) residue on the doll’s hard plastic parts and would need a bit of cleaning. The fingers are complete without breaks or damage. The fingers are molded at the 2nd and 3rd finger. While the feet are made of hard plastic, the color is slightly different (a bit more pink) than the legs. On the outside of the left leg below the knee there is a small 1 mm wide seam split that extends for approximately 3/4“ in length. As the leg moves the seam split does not appear to open or close. (The split cannot be squeezed together.) The vinyl head has rooted hair with slight thinning of the hair plugs on the top of the head. A couple small pieces of white thread are present near the bangs indicating she may possibly at one time had worn a feather or other type of headwear. Her eyelashes are complete on her sleepy/moving eyes. There are painted eyelashes under the eyes. The only marking on this vintage ballerina is on the back of her neck. She has the X in a circle and is referred to as a Mollye Circle X Doll.
This walking ballerina’s outfit consists of her ballet dress, panties and ballet slippers. The lovely dress has a cotton-lined metallic-thread bodice with silver straps. It is fastened in the back with a circle snap. The 3-layered pink tulle tutu is in very good condition. The top layer of tulle is decorated with a pink and blue swirl design. The tulle tutu is without holes or tears. The white rayon panties has elastic at both the waist and legs that is still amazingly stretchy, but there are a few small pin holes in the fabric and a tear at the back (1-1 ½ inch in length) which can possibly be stitched. Neither piece is tagged. The ballet slippers are still soft and supple with their original pink ribbons. The ballet slippers are without tears or damage. Quite nice!
Although this adorable Mollye ballerina is not mint, she is still quite lovely. With a bit of TLC in the form of a cleaning, a trip to the hair salon and possibly a visit to a doll doctor to do a few tweaks to her shoulders and hips, she might even dance again! Now wouldn’t that be lovely!
*A number of ballerina dolls can be viewed in the book, The Doll & Teddy Bear Department: Doll and Teddy Bear Catalog Pages from the Legendary Sears Christmas Wishbooks of the 1950’s and 1960’s (edited by Thomas W. Holland). Information pertaining to the Mollye doll can be found on page 179 of Hard Plastic Dolls: Identification & Price Guide by Polly & Pam Judd.
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