Door of Hope Bridal party dolls;
Groom, Bride and two small boy dolls
of Hope, a protestant mission, was created in Shanghai or Canton, China
in 1901 to help destitute children.
head, hands and arms to the elbow are made of carved Chinese pearwood and are
smooth as satin and unpainted or varnished, the hair, eyes and lips are painted and
the body is made of cloth stuffed with raw cotton. The girls of
the mission hand made each dolls clothing, an exact replica of clothing
worn by the Chinese people. Door of Hope
dolls are unmarked, though some dolls had tags that read; N.E. Branch
Women's Foreign Missionary Society.
believed no more than 50,000 dolls were produced.