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 Japan 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 doll mark Queue San Baby label
Morimura doll mark Baby Darling or Baby Belle label
Morimura doll mark
Baby Rose Germany (unknown maker) label,
doll mold 497
Morimura doll mark Cho-Cho San label
Morimura or Langfelder doll mark Dolly label, incised NIPPON on back
Morimura doll mark First Prize
Morimura doll mark Sonny label
Note: We have found antique bisque doll heads marked
RE inside a triangle, Nippon, plus a
number, as shown on right, it is likely these dolls also came through
the Morimura Import Department, but we have
not found any confirmed documentation.
Doll mark 0 3 RE Nippon,
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, doll marks FY, JW, MB, MB within a circle Japan + a number, Nippon,
MY, Y, Yamato, doll mold 405, 602, 1603.
Additional Morimura Doll Names, Doll Mold Numbers or Trademarks
1915-1922 Queue San Baby Oriental doll all bisque,
1918 The Bester doll (possibly made by the Bester
Doll Manufacturing Company), 1919 Baby Darling doll and Baby Belle all bisque,
Baby O' Mine doll, 1919-1921 Baby Rose doll mold 497 all bisque,
1920-1921 Cho-Cho San doll all bisque with molded cap, Dolly
bathing doll, My Sweetheart doll,
First Prize doll all bisque, Nanking dolls (China head
dolls with nanking cotton bodies),
doll all bisque.
Doll mold numbers 22, 50,
202, 405, 497, 602, 1603, 70018
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