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Morimura Oriental doll mold 202, 12"

Morimura Oriental doll mold 202, 12" tall, bisque socket head on a five piece composition jointed bent limb baby body.  See doll mark 202 shown below

Morimura Brothers (1876-1941) was a Japanese import house based in New York City, NY.  They supplied bisque head German like copies of dolls to the American market and others, during World War I and after 1915-1926. 

 

They imported two basic types of bisque head dolls;  Character Babies or Dolly faced dolls. 

 

They also sold celluloid dolls, Nanking (cotton body) China head dolls, composition dolls made by Bester Manufacturing and dolls made of rubber. 

 

In 1922 Morimura turned their Import Department over to the Langfelder, Homma & Hayward company, who continued to import bisque head dolls. 

 

Some Morimura doll marks are: FY, JW, MB, MB inside circle, MY, Nippon or Japan (the word

Nippon = Japan), a mold number, Y, Yamato; letters sometimes inside a triangle; see below visual images. 

 

Langfelder patented Dolly doll has stationary legs, molded clothing and a diamond shaped label shown below.

 

F. Y. Nippon 202 - Morimura Oriental doll mark

Morimura Oriental doll mark

F Y. Nippon 202

Morimuradoll mark MB inside a circle Japan

Morimura doll mark MB inside a circle Japan

Morimura doll mark MY inside a triangle + a size number

 

Morimura doll mark MY inside a triangle 40/2

Morimura doll mark MB Baby Darling

Morimura label doll mark MB Baby Darling

Morimura doll mark Baby Rose doll mold 497

Morimura label doll mark Baby Rose

Morimura doll mark Cho-Cho San

Morimura label doll mark Cho-Cho San

Morimura doll mark Dolly

Morimura label doll mark Dolly

Note: We have found antique bisque doll heads marked RE inside a triangle, Nippon, plus a number, it is likely these dolls also came through the Morimura Import Department, but we have not found any confirmed documentation.

 

Some Morimura Brothers Dolls Identified

Morimura Character baby doll mold 7018, 20"

Morimura Character Baby Doll, 20" tall

Character Baby dolls, 10-22" tall, bisque socket head, composition bent limb body, glass eyes, open mouth, wigged, doll marks FY, JW, MB, MB in a circle Japan + a number, Nippon, MY, Y, Yamato, doll mold 22, 70018.

Morimura Dolly Face doll, 24"

Morimura Dolly Face, 24" tall

Dolly Face, 8-24" tall, bisque shoulder head, composition jointed or kid body, glass eyes, open mouth, wigged, doll marks FY, JW, MB, MB within a circle Japan + a number, Nippon, MY, Y, Yamato, doll mold 405, 1603

 

Additional Morimura Doll Names, Doll Mold Numbers or Trademarks

 

1919 Baby Darling doll or My Darling doll, Baby Ella doll,  Baby O' Mine doll, 1919-1921 Baby Rose doll,

1920-1921 Cho-Cho San doll all bisque with molded cap, Dolly bathing doll, My Sweetheart doll, First Prize Baby doll, Nanking dolls (China head dolls on nanking - cotton bodies), Queue San Baby Oriental doll, Sonny doll all bisque.   

 

Morimura Doll mold numbers 22, 50, 202, 405, 1603, 70018

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