Vintage Madame Hendren Indian character doll. Produced by the Averill Manufacturing Company of New York. Averill Manufacturing Company was a US doll manufacturer that operated under several labels during its history. Averill Mfg Corp., Paul Averill Inc., Brophy Doll Company, Georgene Averill, Georgene Novelties Inc. and Madame Hendren. The company was begun by a husband and wife team in 1915 and employed many family members through the years with the company closing the doors in 1965. This vintage doll was in a line of dolls that debuted in 1916 and were manufactured and distributed through the mid-1920’s. The line was known as the Averill Indian dolls or the native American dolls. What makes this doll set more interesting and rare, is that it features a double doll papoose. Other dolls in the line during this time period were black dolls and cowboy dolls. This early period character dolls in a papoose that measures 10” in length and 3 ½” wide. It features an all composition full body with a felt fringe carrier, painted eyes, closed mouth and painted molded hair. Most of these dolls were unmarked as to maker. A cloth tag is attached to the back that indicates the maker as Madame Hendren, Character Doll, Costume pat. May 9, 1916. They were also known as baby papoose dolls in the common vernacular.