Founded in 1865 by Jean Roullet, in 1879 Jean's
only daughter Henriette Roullet married Ernst Decamps, a worker in the company.
By 1906 Ernst Decamps
became head of the firm. After Ernst passed away, his widow Henriette Roullet
Decamps and son Gaston Decamps were the successors. Roullet & Decamps
are best known for their
automata, mechanical walking and moving dolls and toys. Roullet
won many bronze, silver and Grand awards between 1867 and 1910.
Jumeau, Kestner and
Simon & Halbig marked bisque heads have been found on walking and mechanical
dolls with an RD marked key.
Other Roullet et Decamps identifying doll marks:
mechanical doll mark RD, often found on the items key
Roullet et Decamps doll mold 134,
Roullet & Decamps doll names;
1890-1899 Bebe de Paris, 1893 Bébé Systême, L'Intrepide Bébé,
1900-1914 Bebe Culotte
Shown on right;
1914+ Toto doll
14 1/2" tall,
composition heads, painted faces, closed mouth grinning faces, cardboard
spring wire body, composition or bisque hands, wooden legs and feet, mechanical
key wound walking dolls, key marked RD. Designed by Gaston Decamps,
Toto and Tata dolls were
sold in the USA by
Abercrombie & Fitch of New York.
1939 Roullet & Decamps
Toto doll and Tata doll,
1939 Toto and Tata - right from the streets of Paris with a
saucy mechanical swagger.
Either one $10.
Photo is a 1939 Christmas ad
from Abercrombie & Fitch