Identifying Porcelain Dolls?

I had four dolls stolen a number of years ago, and I would like to find replacements. They were received in the late 1990s. Obviously the first step is determining who made them. I've attached pictures. I believe the sitting blonde one (first picture) is wearing her original dress. For the group of three (second picture), only the last is wearing her original dress. The flower on an armband came with each of those three and that seems like a clue, though not one that Google seems to recognize.

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October 24, 20190 found this helpful

Without identifying markings, it is hard to tell what kind of dolls they are.

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October 25, 20190 found this helpful

If you have the images there is a way to do a reverse image search online to see if you can find these dolls or ones that are similar to them. You should try this because other than this it will be hard to identify the dolls and help out. Follow these instructions and see if you can upload the images and find them this way. Good luck.

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October 26, 20190 found this helpful

That is sad that these were stolen from you.

Are these photos of the actual dolls or are they an image that looks like them?


Were these dolls that were designed to be dressed--I see the 3 have crochet dresses on them, which are lovely. By this I mean, did they come undressed and you dressed them or someone made the clothes for them and dressed them?

Do you remember how tall they were?

Do you know where they were purchased--like Hallmark store, Five and 10 store, Department store?

Are you in the US?

There are so many variables here. Maybe with a little more info, I can point you in the right direction.

Post back and I will try!!

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October 27, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you so much for the responses. This is my only picture of the actual (missing) dolls. The right-most one of the three has her original dress and the single (sitting one) also has her original dress. I put the crocheted dresses on the other two, since they were made by a relative. All were gifts, and the purchaser has no recollection where she bought them. I've tried image searching with no luck, and I don't have them, so I can't check the marks or tag details.


My best guess at height is about 17" (though the sitting one is a bit taller, and I believe she's of higher quality as well). For the three, Cathay dolls seems to be the closest match I've found, but I haven't seen any with the flowers on the wrists, and the tags I've seen from them don't match the beige ones mine came with. I am in the US.

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October 27, 20190 found this helpful

I do tend to lean toward the dolls being Cathay dolls based on your additional info. They had many, many, many primarily Victorian dressed gals with the super curly hair.

Here is one for sale at the moment that looks like one of yours:

I don't know the seller so please do your due diligence checking feedbacks and history before buying. I am sending it more as an example of how wonky people list dolls to help you locate yours.


My best advice (for the dolls is to use the term curly hair or ringlets in your curly hair doll or curly hair porcelain doll and look through them (eBay, Etsy, Google, etc.) and you will probably see ones that match.

Most people who sell dolls don't know how to list them, so you may even want to search terms like blonde curly hair or brown curly hair with the word doll.

For the one seated, you may want to just type sitting doll or doll chair and review the results to find a match.

I hope you are able to find and replace your lovely gals.

Post back with updates!

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