Arranbee Debu'teen doll 18" tall
The Arranbee Doll
Company (R & B) was located in
New York city, they sold bisque, composition, rubber, hard plastic and vinyl
dolls. They were a well known USA doll manufacturer who in their early
years imported dolls and parts to be assembled in the USA, some of
their bisque doll heads were made by Armand Marseille and
Halbig, later they produced their own high quality dolls.
In 1958 Arranbee was purchased and became a division of the Vogue doll company, who had
a history with them and continued to use the R & B doll
marking until early 1961.
Some Arranbee doll marks: 16, 23ARV, ARRANBEE,
Arranbee Pat. Aug. 10. 26, Circle P (Coty Girl), Circle X, R & B Doll Co, AM 341 or 341 K, AM 351 or 351 K, 49 R & B, 65 R & B, 210 Pat Pen, 250 R & B, Kewty, Made
in U.S.A. Pat's Pend, Nancy, Germany Arranbee 620, Simon Halbig Arranbee Patent No. 74720 Germany and many Arranbee dolls are unmarked.
Antique to vintage Arranbee dolls identified
Arranbee My Dream Baby doll or Dream Baby doll, 9- 24" tall,
bisque head (shown on left) on a cloth or composition body, on the earliest
dolls the bisque dome head with glass sleep eyes and painted
hair was made by Armand Marseille (mold 341, 351, add a K and
it was on a composition body),
later they used composition heads (shown on right) on cloth or
all composition body, some have
rubber hands at the end of a cloth arm, larger sized dolls have
composition arms and composition legs to above the knees with
blue or gray tin sleep or painted eyes, with
painted upper lashes, open mouth or closed. Lots of variety in the various
Dream Baby doll, some even came with a wig over the molded hair,
their were both open & closed mouth versions. The early Armand Marseille
bisque doll heads can be marked: AM Germany 341 3 1 2K,
AM Germany Arranbee, AM 351 4 Germany Arranbee.
1930s R & B Dream Baby doll, 11" tall, all
composition head with molded hair and jointed body, sleep eyes, open mouth,
doll mark R & B Doll Co.
Arranbee Bottletot doll or Bottle Tot doll, 13" tall, all composition
and cloth, came with it's
held in it's right hand. This is a later version of one
of their bisque head dolls.
R & B Bottletot doll, 13"
Arranbee Kewty doll, 14-15" tall, all composition, jointed neck,
shoulders and hips, bent right arm, molded
painted hair, blue sleep eyes, closed mouth, doll mark KEWTY,
and is shown in original clothing. Clothing
& wrist tags say Nancy.
The Kewty doll is similar to the Nancy doll, but has it's own marking,
some do not attribute this doll to Arranbee but to a small
factory called Domec in Pennsylvania which produced carnival dolls.
Dolls shown are the Domec Kewty version who has a closed
smiling mouth and somewhat googly like eyes, with a molded
lock of hair on the forehead and bow loop.
R & B Kewty doll 14"
Arranbee Marianne doll,
24-27" tall, composition shoulder head, arms and legs to above the
knees, cloth stuffed body an upper legs, jointed shoulders and
stitched hips. Human hair wig in long cork screw curls,
glassene sleep eyes, open mouth with three upper teeth.
Came wearing an organdy dress with matching bonnet, socks and
leather shoes. Doll is unmarked, but her dress has
a label which states her name: Marianne an Arranbee
doll appears nearly the same as a composition doll marked Perfect
Perfect Toy Mfg Co)
the shoulder plate, is 18" tall, has a mohair cork
screw wig, tin sleep eyes, is wearing a Marianne
Arranbee organdy dress absolutely the same style as shown here,
with a Marianne label. So what to make of it? For reference see
Suzanne L. DeMillar, Arranbee Dolls, book page 68.
1930s R & B Marianne doll, 24"
Arranbee Storybook Dolls; Dutch Girl doll & Dutch Boy doll, 9-10" tall, all composition, molded
hair or wig, wore an appropriate costume for character portrayed.
Shown is a 9" tall Dutch Girl in costume with yarn hair
over her molded and painted hair, original clothing, and wooden
shoes. Other Storybook dolls are: Bo Peep,
Cowboy & Cowgirl, Jack & Jill, Little Boy Blue, Mary
had a Little Lamb, Snow White & a Pirate.
R & B Storybook doll -
Girl doll, 9"
Arranbee Nancy doll, 11-22" tall, an Effanbee Patsy
competitor or look a like, all composition or
composition head & limbs on a cloth stuffed body, molded
short hair, some with hair bow loops, painted eyes, tin
painted sleep eyes, or glass sleep eyes, the 16" tall doll had sleep eyes
and sometimes had a wig over the molded hair. Their is
quite a bit of variation in the molded hair of these dolls, as
several different dolls were used over the years. Some have short even
across bangs, others had wavy slightly curled bangs and Doll
shown has the bangs swept across the forehead. Marked: Nancy,
ARRANBEE DOLL CO., R & B or unmarked. Many competitors also
made Nancy like dolls.
R & B Nancy doll, 16"
Arranbee Nancy doll,
14-22" tall, she's either
all composition or composition and cloth body, sleep eyes,
open smiling mouth with four teeth, she is shown in her
original human hair wig and clothing, but the hair bow has probably been
replaced. Marked: R & B, Nancy or unmarked.
1930s R & B Nancy doll,
Arranbee George and Martha Washington dolls, 12" tall, part of the
Cherrie Historical Doll Series, this pair of dolls were
created to commemorate George's 200the birthday. All
composition (used the Nancy body), jointed bodies, mohair wig,
has painted facial features, shown in original clothing.
Marked: Arranbee Doll Co.
R & B George & Martha Washington dolls, 12"
Arranbee Debu'teen Southern Girl doll, 11" tall, jointed all
composition body, sleep eyes, wigged with closed mouth,
wearing a very
detailed ensemble of striped blue taffeta gown with scalloped
hemline, long white cotton slip with cutouts & white on
white embroidery, matching white cotton pantaloons,
white socks with black oil cloth shoes with cut outs, also
crocheted fingerless gloves & big straw picture hat.
This same attire has been found on the larger Debu'teen dolls
too and came in different colors. Some are marked: R & B others are unmarked.
Dolls were possibly available into the early 1940s.
Vogue Dora Lee doll,
11" tall, probably used this Debu'teen doll mold, dolls
are unmarked, shoes had Dora Lee's name stamped in
ink on the sole, clothing is untagged - so this is the
only thing that differentiates the dolls.
R & B Debu'teen
Southern Girl doll, 11"
Arranbee Debu'teen Hungary International Costume Male Doll, 14" tall, jointed all
composition body, brown tin sleep eyes, brown mohair wig with a closed mouth.
This doll appears to
be a male doll dressed in a Hungarian costume, blue
velvet vest gold braid trim, red
velvet pants gold braid trim, white batiste shirt
with huge pleated sleeves with ribbon trim in red, white and green, black with
gold trim oilcloth boots. Doll is
unmarked. There were also Nancy Lee 17"
composition dolls dressed in costumes, shown on page
of the Arranbee book by Suzanne DeMillar, it is a
pair of boy and girl dolls dressed in Norwegian costumes.
R & B Debu'teen
International Costume Doll, 14"
Arranbee Debu'teen doll, 11-22" tall, all composition, or (shown on
left) composition shoulder
plate and composition limbs on a cloth stuffed body (see next
photo but with straight legs), may have single or multi stroke
eyebrows, sleep eyes (some may have painted eyes), wigged, jointed
at neck, shoulders and hips. Marked: R & B on neck
and some have the marking on the dolls inner upper arm or
inside upper leg, too, or unmarked. Debu'teen shown is
18" tall, in original sheer brown with white polka dots
dress and suede shoes.
R & B Debu'teen doll 18"
Arranbee Debu'teen doll seated, 22" tall, composition shoulder
head, arms and legs on a cloth stuffed body, same
Debu'teen face with sleep eyes, smokey gray eye shadow with a small
upper lid, two or three stroke eyebrows, painted lower lashes,
real upper lashes, wig maybe of mohair, several colors have
been found, her knees are slightly bent.
Doll is marked: R & B on neck and sometimes inside
the upper arms has the R & B mark or unmarked.
R & B Debu'teen doll 22"
Arranbee Nancy doll, 11-27" tall, all composition or composition
shoulder plate swivel head and composition limbs with a cloth
body, Princess Elizabeth head mold, may have single or multi stroke eyebrows, sleep eyes,
wigged, jointed at neck, shoulders and hips, open mouth with
four upper teeth or with a closed mouth. Marked:
R & B, Nancy or unmarked.
1938+ R & B Nancy doll, 11-27"
Arranbee Nancy Lee doll, 14, 18" tall, or 21" tall,
fully jointed body, all composition, mohair wig, sleep
eyes, closed mouth, marked on head: R & B or Nancy
but can be unmarked too.
Shown in a floral gown that is part of the Southern
R & B Nancy
Lee doll 18"
Series Floral dress
Arranbee Nannette doll or Nanette doll, 17- 23"
tall, composition head on shoulder plate
with a cloth body, jointed at neck & shoulders, Mama dolls with a crier in the body, mohair wig, painted tin or
glassene sleep eyes, most have a closed mouth, but dolls have
been found with open mouth with two upper teeth, too. Marked:
under the upper arms R & B,
body is unmarked.
1938 R & B Nannette
or Nanette doll 22"
Arranbee Nancy doll,
17-18" tall, or possibly Ideal Pigtail Sally doll, all composition jointed body at the neck, shoulders
and hips, composition head with mohair pigtail wig in; blonde
brunette or tosca, sleep eyes, open mouth with four upper teeth.
Doll came dressed in different fabric dresses with pinafore and matching head
scarf, white socks and oilcloth shoes. Doll is marked
on back: 18 -.
Photo courtesy of Aeflock, thanks for asking about your doll,
sorry we didn't figure out who she truly is.
ca. 1938 R & B Nancy doll
or Ideal Pigtail Sally doll, 17-18"
Arranbee Rosalie doll, 13 1/2, 18 or 24" tall, may have been a
Sears Exclusive, all composition or composition head &
limbs on a cloth body (usually found on the larger size dolls,
uses the Debu'Teen body), glass like sleep eyes,
brunette wig of mohair on the smallest size and human hair on
the larger dolls, inside washer jointed arms and legs, wore a
brown dotted organdy dress with gold bolero, leather like
black belt, cotton poke bonnet with ribbon strap, white rayon
socks, white underpants and leather like snap buckle shoes.
Marked same as the Debu'Teen: R
& B, or unmarked. Photo on left
is a Sears ad
R & B Rosalie doll 18"
courtesy of Maureen
1940s Arranbee Little Angel Baby doll,
11, 17, 21" tall, composition head and limbs, cloth
body with crier, molded hair, blue or brown sleep eyes, closed
mouth. Marked on neck: R & B.
1940 R & B Little
Angel Baby doll 17"
Arranbee Nanette doll,
14 - 21" tall, some are walkers, all hard plastic (later dolls have vinyl
heads), sleep eyes, wigged (floss, dynel
in all colors), jointed at neck, shoulders and hips, sometimes
marked on head: R
& B, or unmarked.
On right is shown a Nanette
14" tall, all hard plastic, original brown dress, socks,
shoes and hangtag. Nanette has many outfits for her wardrobe.
R & B Nanette doll 14"
Arranbee Princess Elizabeth doll and Baby Charles doll, 14" tall, all
hard plastic with a glued on wig with attached silver crown.
She is dressed in a gown of pink chiffon with flocking, full
long slip with matching panties & pink oil cloth
shoes. Baby Charles wears a christening gown of the same
pink flocked fabric. Marked: R & B.
R & B Princess Elizabeth doll and Baby Charles doll
1950s Arranbee Nancy Lee doll, 14-20" all hard plastic jointed
body, sleep eyes, wigged, closed mouth. Is shown in a Bride's
dress, but had a variety of outfits from casual to formal
wear. Marked: R &
B, or unmarked.
1950s R & B Nancy Lee doll,
Arranbee Little Dear doll
or Little Angel doll,
8, 11 or 12" tall,
vinyl head with rooted hair, sleep eyes, closed mouth, hard
plastic jointed body.
of Patkan, doll is shown pristine & all original.
1950s R & B Little Dear doll or
Angel doll, 12"
Arranbee Nancy doll, 22-24" tall, made of vinylite plastic head and
limbs, cloth torso body, brunette or blonde dynel glued
on wig, walker,
Mama crier, she wore a pink checked taffeta child like dress
"just like her little mother wears" with white
pinafore, white socks and black Mary Jane shoes. Came
with a set of curlers or card.
Photo courtesy of Ruth (and
thanks for asking about your doll).
1951 R & B Nancy doll,
Arranbee Nancy Lee Toddler doll, 14-16" tall, has a child like
toddler body, all vinyl five piece jointed body, saran wig glued on, blue sleep eyes, closed mouth,
(kinda reminds me of the Terri Lee doll), came dressed in several
different outfits. The 1959 Dolls have a different face
mold & came with a Dutch bob hair style. Marked: Arranbee.
of Flozdolz and is shown pristine and all original.
R & B
Nancy Lee Toddler doll, 16"
Lee Cinderella doll, 14 or 20" tall, vinyl head,
arms & legs, hard plastic body, sleep eyes, floss wig -
this one is a beautiful blonde in an upswept elegant style,
wearing a gorgeous off-white satin gown with petal type bodice
at the waist, trimmed with gold braid and gold stars
embroidered across the full skirt, marked on head: R &
R & B Nancy Lee,
Cinderella doll 14"
Arranbee Nancy Jane doll, 14" tall, hard plastic jointed body, strung doll,
closed mouth, wigged, came
in a suitcase with a wardrobe of the same clothing sold with
the Nanette dolls. Doll is marked: Made in USA and
possibly R & B on neck. Without her tags or
original packaging she will not be easily to identified, as
she closely resembles other dolls with the same markings. Both photo's
courtesy of Andrea/Andy.
1954 R & B Nancy
Jane doll, 14"
Arranbee Littlest Angel doll,
11-12" tall, hard plastic, jointed knee walker doll, rooted vinyl head or hard head with
wig, came wearing panties, socks and shoes. She has a huge wardrobe that could be purchased
separately, usually marked R & B.
1954-1957 R & B Littlest Angel doll,
Ballerina doll, 14-15" or 17-18" tall, sleep eyes, painted lower lashes,
wigged, jointed at neck, shoulders and hips, wore a tutu, some with embellishments of stars and
circles or maribu trim,
some have flowers styled into their hair do and ballet shoes.
1955 R & B Nanette
Ballerina doll 14"
Arranbee Dream Baby doll, 17, 18 or
21-22" tall, baby doll crier, vinyl head with molded hair, one piece latex
washable body or fully jointed baby body, sleep eyes or painted eyes, open
mouth, came dressed in christening gown or shirt and diapers with pink or
blue blanket. Doll marked on neck Arranbee or unmarked.
Other dolls made during this time were: 1955+ Angel Skin
doll, Boy or Girl dolls each with deeply molded hair, closed mouth, one piece latex
body, dolls marked R & B or Arranbee. The Boy doll was also sold as the New Boy Doll, 12-17", as
early as 1952.
1955 R & B Dream Baby doll 22"
Arranbee Angel Face doll, 16-25" tall, chubby all vinyl
jointed body (some with extra elbow & knee joints) or pink
cloth stuffed torso, molded & painted hair or rooted saran
smiling mouth some with teeth, drink wet doll, sleep eyes.
Some markings are: R & B + 19BBS,
R & B + 22BBS and possibly others.
R & B Angel Face doll, 20"
Arranbee Sweet Pea doll, 12" tall, (Littlest Angel's baby sister) all
vinyl drink wet baby, short rooted hair, wore a
diaper, blue sleep eyes, marked: R & B.
R & B Sweet Pea doll 12"
1956-1957 Arranbee Surprise Doll,
11-12" tall (Special Promotion Doll a Littlest Angel doll with
brown sleep eyes and long rooted lemon blonde hair with
straight bangs), all vinyl jointed
walking doll, came in a presentation box, dressed in her
Sunday - American outfit along with "The Surprise Doll" book
authored by Morrell Gipson. Also, available
separately and based on the book were the international
outfits of: Monday - Britain/English, Tuesday - Russia,
Wednesday - Italy, Thursday - China, Friday - Holland/The
Netherlands and Saturday - France. Should be marked same as
the other Littlest Angel dolls R & B.
1956-1957 R & B Surprise Doll, 11"
Arranbee Taffy doll,
18 or 25" tall, she
looks similar to the Cissy doll by Madame Alexander, has a hard plastic
hip pin walker body with chest grill, straight legs, vinyl
head with sleep eyes, rooted hair, closed Cissy type mouth.
Marked: 18ARV R & B or ARV25 R & B.
R & B Taffy doll, 18"
Arranbee Coty Girl doll or Miss Coty Girl doll, 10 1/2"tall, Coty cosmetics advertising doll, all vinyl, sleep eyes, rooted hair various colors, fashion doll with high heel feet,
pierced ears, shown wearing a lovely red taffeta and lace formal gown, with
blonde rooted hair, but their were many other hair colors available. Marked on neck:
P within a circle. Marked on underarm: 10 1/2R. Little Miss
1957 R & B Miss Coty Girl
doll, 10 1/2"
Arranbee Nanette Fashion doll, 15 & 18" tall, hard plastic
body with swivel waist & high heel feet, vinyl head with rooted hair,
sleep eyes and pierced ears. Competitor of Ideal's Miss
Revlon doll - and looks very similar too. Most
of these dolls are unmarked and were not made for very
1959 Arranbee Cody Girl Deluxe doll,
18" tall, looks like the above doll, may have a markings of
a V + a number like Valentine dolls. This
doll is very rare. She wore the same outfit as available
for the smaller sized Coty girl; black tulle & satin
cocktail dress with black hat, stockings & black high heel
shies. Both of these dolls had wardrobes
that could be purchased separately, many of the outfits were
just like those for the smaller Coty Girl.
1957 R & B Nanette
Fashion doll, 18"
Arranbee Wee Lil'
Imp doll, 8" tall, all hard plastic with jointed body, carrot red
hair, sleep eyes, freckles, dressed same as the above mentioned
doll but smaller, like Vogue's Ginny doll, who is now owned
1960s R & B Wee Lil' Imp doll, 8"
Arranbee My Angel doll, 17", 25" or 36" tall, hard plastic jointed walker
body with a soft vinyl head, rooted hair, sleep blue eyes, closed mouth, came
dressed in a variety of dresses, now owned by Vogue using doll mark: R
& B 15, R & B 16 or R & B 19 on the vinyl head.
1961 R & B My Angel doll,
Additional Arranbee dolls not
Drink 'N Babe doll 12" tall, all composition (except right hand) jointed baby doll with
blonde painted hair, tin sleep eyes with real eyelashes, open mouth, dolls right hand is made
of celluloid and holds a celluloid magic rubber nippled bottle, patent date; August, 10, 1926, US Patent 1,595,840,
"The doll that drinks like magic", special doll bottle with disappearing milk,
came in a cardboard case with other accessories, doll is unmarked.
ca. 1951+ Arranbee Judy doll 15 or 19" tall, all hard
plastic, braided wig coiled over ears with metal knob hidden inside, to raise or
lower the back section of hair like a grow hair doll, sleep eyes, open mouth
with teeth, jointed body at neck, shoulders and hips, either size doll mark on
on back Made in USA 170 or Made in USA 210, plus a red ink
stamp on side of body Pat. 2,537,536
and the 15" size is also stamped on neck RDEC2.
Possibly a Gimbel's mail order catalog doll.
Note see our
Hard Plastic Doll Marks page as other
doll markers used the 170 or 210 doll mark. The Judy doll has to
have the braided grow hair plus the red
patent stamp and the 15" size the red RDEC2 neck
stamp or it's another makers doll.
Angel Bride doll, Angeline doll, description unknown.
1957 Arranbee April Showers doll or Lil
Cupcake doll, both 11" tall, soft
vinyl head with molded hair, jointed baby body, sleep eyes,
Arranbee Lil' Imp doll
or Brickette's Kid Sister doll,
11-12" tall, (is actually a Littlest Angel doll with carrot
red hair) hard plastic doll with jointed body, vinyl head with
rooted hair, green sleep eyes and freckles, now owned by Vogue using
the R & B mark. See the R & B Little Angel doll.