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 markings found on Morimura dolls are:
FY, MY, JW, MB, Y, MB inside circle,
Japan (the word Nippon =
a mold number or
Yamato, see below doll marking images.
A Langfelder patented Dolly doll has stationary legs,
molded clothing and a diamond shaped label.
Morimura doll mark MB Japan
Morimura Oriental doll mold
F. Y. Nippon 202
Morimura F. Y. Nippon doll mold 405
Morimura doll mark MB Baby Darling
Morimura doll mark
Morimura doll mark Cho-Cho San
Morimura doll mark Dolly
Note: We have found antique bisque head dolls marked
RE inside a triangle Nippon, it is most likely these dolls also came through
the Morimura Import Department, but we have
not found any confirmed documentation.
Some Morimura Brothers Dolls Identified
Items shown below are for reference
Morimura Character Baby Doll, 20" tall
Character Baby dolls, 10-22" tall, bisque socket head,
composition bent limb body, glass eyes, open mouth, wigged. Markings:
FY, MY, JW, MB, Y, MB with in a circle Japan + a number, Nippon,
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. Markings: FY, MY, JW, MB,
Y, MB within a circle Japan + a number, Nippon, 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 22, 50,
202, 405, 1603, 70018