Boudoir Dolls; Bed Dolls or Sofa Dolls,
Flapper Dolls, French Dolls as they are referred too, were used to
decorate "beds & sofas", which is where they got their
name. These dolls were not meant to be played with, but to be
displayed or as decoration, which today we
have replaced with a mountain of pillows.
from about 1915 to the 1930s, boudoir dolls usually have cloth bodies
with elongated legs, heads can be of various materials; all cloth, cloth with a
mask face covering usually made of composition or all composition head, often with
painted facial features, some have partial composition limbs some have celluloid
may help with dating. Boudoir doll heads were also sold separately to
which a seamstress could add their own homemade cloth body.
Clothing can be very elaborate,
high quality material, (it's the clothing that matters the most
on these dolls - if the clothing is missing they lose about half of
their value) and many have high heel feet.
There is of course,
much variety among boudoir dolls, as they were produced in several
countries over quite a number of years, notably; America, England, France, Germany
Boudoir dolls are usually unmarked - so finding its origins
can be a "mission impossible" except by an expert, thus dolls
are usually just identified by type as a Boudoir Doll. We particularly get a kick out of the
politically incorrect (today) Cubeb
cigarette, smoking dolls,
as shown above right, made by the Mutual Novelty Corp.
See below, for a list of the many doll makers of antique Boudoir dolls.
Some Boudoir Doll makers;
Stella Adler, Aladin-Lam, Ernst Alart, Alma,
B. Altman department store, American Stuffed Novelty, American Wholesale Corp, Anita, Arrow Doll Wig Co, Au Bon Marche department store, Austin
Gray, Baltimore Bargain House, Beaux Art Shade Co, William P. Beers &
Co, Charles Bloom, Blossom, Blum-Lustig Toy Co, Au Bon Marche department store,
Butler Brothers, Chad Valley, Hilda Cowham, Louis Eisen, W. R. Ekart, England Art Toy, Etta, European Novelty,
Fairfame, Flapper Novelty, Fleishman, Jane Gray, Gerbs Poupée, Arthur Gerling Toy Co, Gerzon Co, Charles F. Gibson, Goldberger (Eegee), Heho Art Dolls, Hollywood Imps,
J and B, Kat-a-Korner Kompany, Victor Keney (Keeneye patent 1763930, 1796997),
Konroe Merchants, Lady Godwyn, Lenci, Levallois, Mizpah
Toy & Novelty, Claire Morris of LA, Munich Art Dolls, Mutual Novelty,
Munzerlite chalk ware heads (art deco half dolls & lamp shades), Paramount Doll Co, Erma Petzgold, Pierrot and Pierette,
Erma Pinner, Paul Poiret, Pollyanna Doll Co, Pompeian Art Works, Rosalinde dolls, Sanlys,
Sayco, Sterling Doll Co,
T. A. F., Unique Novelty Doll Co, Nora Wellings, Ethel Westwood and others.