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Identifying a Fabric Doll?

October 23, 2021

A clown doll.I would just like to know more about this toy. It has the Rushton stamp under the chin but the fact that the hands, feet, and ears aren't rubber tells me there's an interesting story here. And I'm very curious to know if anyone knows what that story is. Possible age and any other details most welcomed. Just for my own curiosity.

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The Rushton Company was an American company, started by Mary Rushton from Atlanta and that lasted from 1917 to 1983, being passed down as a family company. Her daughter Wight designed most of the dolls and stuffed animals.

Rushton made hand painted, rubber dolls and rubber faced animals from the 1950's until the 1960's. It was one of Rushton's most popular toy lines and consisted of many different toy stuffed Bunnies, monkeys, Rushton Santa, cats, ducks and other animals and figures with rubber faces.

Not all of their toys, and not all of the monkeys, had rubber arms and legs. I found RUSHTON STAR CREATION ORGAN GRINDER MONKEY RUBBER FACE www.worthpoint.com/.../rushton-star-creation-organ-grinder..., which only has a rubber face.

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VINTAGE KITSCH RUBBER FACE RUSHTON MONKEY REMPLE HOSUNG SUN RUBBER ELF IMP with rag arms and legs www.worthpoint.com/.../vintage-kitsch-rubber-face-rushton...

Your monkey is rare, but not the only one, made in the 1950s-1960s.

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I don't know if this gal is still around, but she has one of the best Rushton sites out there: rushtontoys.wordpress.com/.../

I personally do not think this is an original--meaning--I think the rubber face was from the 16 inch white monkey (monkey in a white outfit) i.etsystatic.com/.../il_570xN.2413350286_4l5t.jpg

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and the Junk Yard Clown outfit melded together www.worthpoint.com/.../rushton-company-1970s-clown-rubber... I have been known to be wrong before. There are a variety of colors in the trim so don't be thrown off by the green.

It just does not look right to me, and as you say, the hands feet aren't rubber. Yes, there are some that weren't, but this is odd. I do not remember this combination with a monkey face.

Please post back if you get her! I am super curious!!

Thanks!

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March 3, 2021

I would love to find out more about this doll and her value. She always terrified me as a child. My dad gave her to me. I do not remember any clothing on the doll. He emigrated from Poland after WW2. He also spent time in Austria and Germany.

It is very likely the doll is from Europe. There as no markings and it is about 12 inches long. Fabric is in good condition and body is stuffed.

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She looks like a 1930's depression era German made doll. These dolls were made out fabric and paper Mache , this was a way to make dolls for consumers for a low value in the depression .

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You may need to contact a historian or a antique appraiser - www.ebay.com/.../3244383 or maybe this link https://www.justanswer.com

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April 10, 2020

I have had this doll from my birth (2000) until like 2010 and then I lost it. Now I would like to know what kind of doll it is (like name, brand, etc.) and if possible where I could find it.

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Thanks for the info. This may be a Waldorf cuddle doll. There are many similar dolls out there.

Here is a sample:

images.app.goo.gl/LyqPxPpvoHPtkuys6

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April 11, 20200 found this helpful

Maybe this company could recreate it:

bamboletta.com/

They look similar to what you have!

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i believe that Pghgirl may be right about this being a Waldorf style doll but it seems that I knew it by another name. These were kits and very few will be identical because they were meant to stimulate a child's imagination and they could 'paint' the doll's face however they wanted. This meant the dolls would be 'their' doll.

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These doll kits are still sold today.
You may be able to contact someone here and see if they remember your particular doll - I believe your doll was one of the kits but not sure about the hair and the dolls were made so clothes could be made for them. Your mother may have 'personalized' this doll herself.

achildsdream.com/.../

You can also buy the dolls in different styles.

www.bellalunatoys.com/.../classic-waldorf-dolls-dress-up-dolls

Here are links to their history:

www.historyofdolls.com/.../

Here are pictures of some of the dolls:

commons.wikimedia.org/.../Category:Waldorf_dolls

if you are still in doubt then you might want to send your picture to one of these forums to see what they say.. Be sure to include the size as this is very important. Kits came in all size dolls and boys and girls.

www.facebook.com/.../

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January 11, 2021

Thanks to everyone who assisted in helping to identify the Manhattan Toy doll that was brilliant team work! I am here again for this little beauty. It seems interesting, but I have just never heard or been able to find this doll.

On the back of the head says, Blue Box, but I have drawn a blank...ho hum.

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January 11, 20210 found this helpful

This is a Cabbage Patch knockoff. It is worth very little.

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Well - she is adorable. Hugga Buds - cute. Size?
I believe many people would will get this little doll confused with the Kenner Hugga Bunch plush toys made in the 80's but they were larger (I believe) and all plush.

I believe she was made by or for Blue Box Toy company but I cannot find a date.
I did find an add that looks like it is the original ad when these dolls were first listed for sale.
This is from newspaper archives and you have to start a 'trial' membership to be able to see the page. It appears to be okay but you can decide that for yourself as you do have to give credit card information. If I ever do a trial I use a temporary card number that my bank gives me (with a charge limit that I set) and will expire in 30 minutes - but that's just me.
I believe she is in the bunch of dolls located on the bottom right at $5.99. This was in 1992.
www.newspapers.com/.../

Information about the company.
creativeplayretailer.com/.../blue-box-toys
www.collectiondx.com/.../blue_box_toys

When PGHgirl checks this out I feel sure she will know more about this doll and correct any errors that I might have made.

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I love the ad you found on my new fav site, cybergrannie! That looks exactly like the series and they appear to be limited to 1991-1992, sold around the country and always for 5.99 and listed with a number of low end toys in the same advertisements.

There were 15 listings in that time period and the papers were from a variety of small towns like Dayton. The weird thing is the ads don't give a store name, that I can see. It also seems to be the same stock photo of the dolls.

The only listing I could even find elsewhere is one from Russia: babiki.ru/.../

I am totally baffled by this one. Wow!! Although I was going through a very bad time in 1991-1992 so I don't have a lot of memories from that time related to my doll passion.

This was post the height of Cabbage Patch dolls, so maybe they were late to the game and trying to create a look a like that everyone could afford. I just don't know.

The company seems to still be in business...maybe they have the history? Here is their contact page link www.blue-box.com/.../

So what does this all mean for value? I am not sure. If they were a discount toy and didn't last and if someone has a very fond memory of one and wants one, a low supply and a demand, can increase the value.

If they were a discount toy and totally forgotten about, and no one cares, it will sit until it sparks a memory.

I always love when I see something I have never seen before!

Thanks for sharing!!

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January 12, 20210 found this helpful

I like the site also but have not subscribed - yet.
Since we do not have the size of this doll it is difficult to determine value but I'm pretty sure these were small dolls like I remember seeing in the Kay-Bee toy stores and were many times set on the check-out counter as 'impulse' buys.
Anyway - she is cute.

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