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,
They supplied bisque head
German like copies of dolls to the American market and others, during World War I and after 1915-1926.
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,
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.
Morimura Oriental doll mark
F Y. Nippon 202
Morimura doll mark MB inside a circle Japan
Morimura doll mark MY inside a triangle 40/2
Morimura label doll mark MB Baby Darling
Morimura label doll mark
Morimura label doll mark Cho-Cho San
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, 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, 24" tall
Dolly Face, 8-24" tall, bisque shoulder head, composition jointed or kid body, glass eyes, open mouth, wigged,
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
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.
Doll mold numbers 22, 50,
202, 405, 1603, 70018
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