This delightful chef with apron and black skillet is one of many dolls created by Annalee Thorndike and husband Chris in Meredith, New Hampshire. Originally, he made the wire frame inside the body and she would sew and paint the rest of the doll. They began their business in 1955 in their home and by 1964 the demand for their dolls had grown to the point that they had to move into their factory in the woods on their property. Eventually, the business covered 14 acres in seven buildings with 34,000 square feet. In 2001, the manufacturing of the dolls was moved overseas, design and marketing departments stayed in Meredith.
This wonderful gray felt chef mouse stands approximately 7” tall depending on how much his hat is pulled up. He is holding a black skillet made of wood. His original tag is still attached. There is a very light stain on his apron but otherwise, he is in very good condition.
This would make a charming addition to your doll or toy collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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