Here is a very scarce 28" Gertrude Rollinson of Holyoke, Massachusetts character doll with long strawberry blond wig, pale smooth complexion, beautifully painted blue eyes and very scarce open closed mouth with molded upper teeth and tongue Lip paint is pale pink .Doll has molded ears. Face surface is very smooth without crazing. Her wig is on a net cap sewn to her head. Doll is stamped with diamond mark on her back and has inked numbers in back of her sateen body suit at neckline. This doll has the thick paint covering used on the indestructible dolls. It is hard to tell that she is a cloth doll and finish looks almost like porcelaine. Most of the Rollinson dolls found are the oil painted hair dolls that some what look like Chase dolls. Body is linen. Head, lower limbs are covered in thick smooth slayer of paint. There is some loss to paint surface in back of legs. She has a square neck bodysuit. Upper limbs are sateen.Doll has a lace trimmed white Dotted Swiss dress, slip and one piece under garment . She brown leather children shoes. Doll has a blue ribbon from a Region 12 1999 UFDC convention.
Gertrude Rollinson of 25 Morgan St, Holyoke, from 1916 to 1929, designed and made dolls for “crippled” children which she delivered to the hospitals at Christmas. The Utley Company (later the New England Doll Co.) bought the Rollinson patent and produced the dolls commercially from 1916 to 1922 when it went out of business. The dolls had molded faces and were made as boys or girls. Features were painted. Hair was painted or wigged. Features included closed mouths as well as open mouths with teeth showing. The dolls were said to have twenty coats of paint that were then sun dried and sanded to produce a washable doll. It also produced a smooth finish that disguises that the doll is made of cloth. Dolls were sold dressed and undressed.
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Scarce 28 Inch Gertrude Rollinson Wigged Doll Pale Complexion Molded Teeth & Tongue Back Stamp Ribbon Winner