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Identifying a Porcelain Doll

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Finding out who your doll is, and who is the maker isn't always easy. This guide is about identifying a porcelain doll.
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December 4, 20172 found this helpful

This is a guide about identifying a Donna Rubert porcelain doll. Trying to identify a specific porcelain doll, when all you have is the manufacturer's name can be a difficult task. If you are in a similar hunt for information, here are some tips to get you started.

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December 5, 2016

This porcelain doll is about 10-12 in. tall has porcelain head and hands. It has a beanie type body. There are no marks anywhere on body or clothing. Any ideas about it's age and maker?

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September 30, 20170 found this helpful
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Hi, my name is Sheryl. This looks like a Boots Tyner doll called Sugar Britches. The smaller version is called Sugar Lumps.

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I have several of those doll molds. They look just like sleeping babies. Her outfit is gorgeous. Years ago, these dolls sold for 100 dollars I'm talking about the early 90s. Enjoy your baby.

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January 26, 2018

I have two porcelain dolls that I can't find any info on. Identifying marks on a baby doll in white wicker crib and elegant pink gown are 'Cheria O'Neal 25/2500, 1995; the other is "FiFi" Palmary Collection, Three Hearts 18/750. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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January 27, 20180 found this helpful
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Both are mass-produced and worth very little. One doll is one of 750. The other is one of 2500.

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January 31, 20180 found this helpful
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You won't find much information on either doll because they are mass produced. One is the 25th doll made in a series of 2500 dolls. The other is the 18th doll made in a series of 750 dolls.

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These types of dolls don't have a lot of information on them and they don't sell for a lot of money either. You can probably ask around $20 for each one of them if you wanted to sell them.

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October 22, 2017

Can anyone tell me who made this porcelain doll? It has a signature on the back of the neck, but I can not read the name. The doll is about 18" tall and there is a male doll as well.

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November 25, 20171 found this helpful
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Believe it or not, that signature is Marie Osmond. I have one like it and just found out what it is.

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March 25, 20180 found this helpful
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These are actually Marie Osmond dolls, to correct the previous person who answered the question. I have quite a collection of her tiny tots, and a few toddlers.

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She made dolls exclusively for QVC, there is a niche of collectors for these dolls, and some are fetching higher prices than others.

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November 8, 2017

I have a porcelain doll that was given to me 46 years ago. I can find no markings on it whatsoever. Can someone please tell me about it or tell me where I can find out about it? I have tried many sites. She is 11 inches tall and did have a pearl necklace. She just sits in a box in my loft.

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November 9, 20170 found this helpful
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If your doll has no marking at all, the only way to find out who made it, when it was made, and if it is worth money is through an auction house. All auction houses have experts who specialize in one field or another. Please keep in mind many dolls that are mass produced won't have marking on the doll. However, that doesn't really mean that the doll isn't worth something.

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The value of your doll will be determined by the supply and demand factor. This will depend on how many people are looking for this doll and how hard it has been to find it.

Without any other marking on the doll it is impossible to find the information you need online. If you are curious about your doll please call or visit an auction house in your area.

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November 13, 2017

Can anyone help me identify this doll? I just want to know her name. The only markings are on the back of her head and it looks like "XL21?? +2" there are 2 very faded numbers that almost look like "57" (indicated by the question marks).

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November 15, 20171 found this helpful
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I have tried searching everywhere for the XL company who made this doll. Most of the references come back to a company that makes extra large dolls. Unfortunately, this doll is older and I'm not even sure when it was made. Therefore, there isn't any reference on the site for this doll.

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There is one possibility to try and find out more information about this doll. You'll need to go to an auction house and speak with the doll expert at the shop. They should be able to help you narrow down your search or even give you the name of your doll. That would be my only suggestion because the company doesn't have images of their older doll collections they produced.

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March 18, 2018

I am trying to get more information about this doll that was handed down to us. We have searched a little, but can't determine the brand or value. Thanks for any help.

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March 20, 20180 found this helpful
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Your doll is a Morimura Brothers doll and it was made in Japan.

  • The symbol on the back is the Morimura Brothers (MB) and the name underneath is Japan. The number 22 is the mold model.
  • I have not been able to find out what years the different model numbers were produced but it is an important part of the brand.
  • It Morimura Brothers produced more doll "heads" than they did dolls and these were sold to different companies all over the world.
  • Here are some MB dolls presently listed on eBay but these are shown with the sellers "asking" prices and some of these dolls may never sell.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2053587...
  • Here are some dolls that actually sold in the past several months and you can see that prices go from $12-$100.
  • www.ebay.com/.../i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&...
  • I did find a list of their doll numbers but no years: Morimura Doll mold numbers 22, 50, 202, 405, 497, 602, 1603, 70018
  • Here is some information but I believe you may have to have your doll appraised by an official person/site.
  • dollreference.com/morimura_dolls.html
  • Here is a site that has "free" doll appraisals but be sure there is no cost before you send info and photos.
  • www.whatsellsbest.com/.../dolls.html
  • You could take your doll to a local antique shop but this is not a common doll so they may not have very much current information.
  • Here are a couple of links that you can check out.
  • www.rubylane.com/.../Antique-MB-Japan-Morimura-Bros-Bisque
  • www.ebay.ca/.../i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=morimura...

Just as information: Morimura Brothers also made Nippon china items and that company is presently Noritake Co., Limited.

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February 24, 2018

I recently bought a doll from the thrift shop for my mom, but her original dress was dirty. I do have pictures of her face and there is a name on her back that I can't really read. I was hoping someone could tell me who she is.

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February 25, 20180 found this helpful
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I believe this doll is from Paradise Galleries and the artist may be Patricia Rose.

This is an interesting item about a similar doll.

www.justanswer.com/.../76n30-patracia-rose-porcelain-doll...

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February 26, 20180 found this helpful
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Most the time people give these dolls to thrift stores is because they know they aren't worth much if they tried to sell them. Considering the doll's dress is so dirty and the doll is in fair shape you might be able to get around $10 if you wanted to sell the doll. I personally don't think you bought this doll to sell again. I think you bought it to make your mom happy.

Unfortunately, this doll is mass produced and doesn't carry a high resale value. Enjoy the doll and I'm sure your mom is happy that you thought of her when you bought it.

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December 21, 2017

I'm wondering about this doll. I've had it from my childhood and wonder how old it is and it's worth. I don't see any identifying marks. It has a made in Taiwan sticker on her right shoe. Thank you.

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December 22, 20170 found this helpful
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Any large doll manufacture adds marking to their creations or dolls. Normally you can find these identifying marks on the doll's neck, back or even feet.

However, your doll is made in Taiwan, and I don't think you'll find any marking for this doll. Without the marking this will make the doll hard to identify.

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November 15, 2017

I have searched far and wide and cannot find out who this doll is made by. I thought maybe Marie Osmond, or her Olive May collection, or Gorham, but I just can't find anything.

She is a beautiful porcelain doll with black ringlets. She is also musical and plays "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". She has markings on her neck o/m A-2019

She is wearing a red velvet dress and cape.

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November 16, 20170 found this helpful
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I believe this doll was made to sell in stores for Christmas. Many markets in the US sold these dolls during the holidays to use as home decorations.

The O/M is not a doll maker or at least a famous doll maker. As for the number on this doll it looks like the lot number the manufacture used when selling the dolls. These dolls are mass produced and sold during the holidays. I purchased a similar doll in 2004 for my mom. It was a musical doll such as this and it played a Christmas song.

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March 29, 2018

I have a porcelain doll that is about 1 1/2 feet tall. She has no markings and I can't find nothing about her. She doesn't have her original clothes so I can't find out information about her that way either. If anybody can help me find out who made her and if she had a name too it would be very appreciated.

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March 14, 2018

I can not read this signature. Can you please help?

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March 15, 20180 found this helpful
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The signature (artist) is Drew DeRose.

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February 23, 2018

Can you help me identify this doll? It doesn't have any markings on it. It's about a foot long. Thanks.

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February 24, 20180 found this helpful
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Identifying a doll by just a photo can usually only be done by a doll "expert" unless someone just "happens" to have seen such a doll.

  • There is a doll "expert" on eBay that I have used in the past couple of years and she did a very good job for me.
  • She charges $4 which (to me) is a very low cost so check it out and see what you think.
  • www.ebay.com/.../214680910019
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November 8, 2017

Does anyone know who made this doll? I can't seem to find out anywhere. It has a three digit number behind the neck and an eight digit number on her back. They both look engraved in.

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November 10, 20170 found this helpful
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On her back does the 8 digit number have any type of letters with it? Normally you can find out who made the doll by the letters that identify the doll maker.

The number on her neck is the number of the doll made from this series. Normally these numbers are 164/700 but yours is only 164 so it is hard to tell how many dolls were made.

You can try this website with the number on her back to see if you can identify the doll maker. https://dollref  /doll_marks.html

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October 24, 2017

I have 4 porcelain dolls that have no identification. I remember they all had tags around there wrists when I was a kid, but like a kid I took them off (and lost them). Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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October 24, 20171 found this helpful
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Identifying dolls:

  1. Look on the back of the head or neck for a number.
  2. Look on the stomach or back for an identification mark.
  3. Look on the bottom of the feet for a marking.
  4. Many dolls only were marked by a piece of paper attached to their wrists. If this is the case it will be extremely difficult to ID your doll.
  5. If you can find any type of identification marks on the doll it will make it so much easier to ID your dolls.
  6. Maybe the only other way to ID the dolls if you can't find any marking on them is to join a doll forum online. The Spruce has one that you could join.
  7. On the forum there are a lot of collectors of dolls.
  8. You could post your photos on the forum and see if anyone has any ideas about your dolls.
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March 13, 2017

I am trying to find out more about this doll, with painted on boots, with number 800 on them. I can't find any other marking. It is really in good shape. I got it at a thrift store because it was so cute. It may not be worth anything, but I wanted to see if I could find out more about it.

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March 13, 20174 found this helpful

You could go on dollreference.com, but you don't have a lot of information here. You could also take the doll to an antique shop and see what they say.

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