Q:

What is a composition doll?

A:

Composition dolls are dolls made partially or wholly out of composition. Composition is a material made of sawdust, glue and other materials such as cornstarch, resin and wood flour.

Composition dolls overtook the market for bisque dolls (dolls made partially or wholly out of bisque porcelain) in the early 20th Century. The composition dolls were hailed by American doll-making companies as unbreakable compared to bisque dolls, and the novelty of the new material for doll heads, among other factors, helped bring about the German doll-making industry's demise. Thanks to this, the United States was the top doll-making country of the early to mid 20th Century.

Composition dolls were produced from about 1909 through the early 1950s. The market for composition dolls reached its height in the 1920s and continued through the 1940s. Few composition dolls are created today except as reproductions or for artistic purposes.

The United States, Germany, France and Japan were all among the countries that produced composition dolls. Certain companies were especially well-known for the quality and innovation of the composition dolls they produced. Some of these companies included: Madame Alexander, Effanbee, American Character and Amberg. Some other companies would copy their designs and sell unmarked dolls. As a result, many dolls that are found today are unmarked.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What is a Kewpie doll?

    A:

    Kewpie dolls refer to a highly collectible brand of dolls and figurines. The baby "cupid" cartoon characters were originally created by Rose O'Neill in 1909 for her comic strip. O'Neill then created two-sided paper dolls; she was approached in 1912 about turning her designs into porcelain bisque dolls.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How old is the Barbie doll?

    A:

    As of 2014, the Barbie doll is 55 years old. The doll was debuted to the world on March 9, 1959 at the New York Toy Fair. Today the Barbie doll comes in many different styles.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some tips for doll eye makeup?

    A:

    To achieve a doll look with makeup, one of the most important features to concentrate on is doe-like eyes, which most dolls have. For this look, the products needed are primer, foundation, blush, neutral eye shadow, a light shimmer highlight shadow, eyeliner and false eyelashes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When was the first Barbie doll made?

    A:

    The first Barbie doll was made in 1959, and the doll was introduced that year at the American International Toy Fair. The first Barbie doll was inspired by an earlier doll, the Bild Lilli, which was produced in Germany starting in 1955.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore