These mischievous little Norah Wellings dolls are tumbling over themselves in anticipation of finding a good home. The cute little dollies are more than 75 years old, dating from the late thirties, and except for some slight shelf wear, and moth indents in two hats, as well as a missing shoe (she is waiting for her Prince!) they are in great shape! They will add beauty, value and fun to any collection. They are being sold as a group because I can’t bear to separate them after so many years!
The dolls represent Austria, Iceland, Old English, Palace Guard, Scotsman, Sweden
Norah Wellings Dolls: An Introduction:
Norah Wellings was from Shropshire, England. She was the main doll designer at Chad Valley Dolls from 1919 to 1926, when she left to form her own doll company with her brother Leonard. The resulting company was the Victoria Toy Works, located in Wellington, United Kingdom. All the dolls produced here were from various types of cloth. Norah's dolls were sold worldwide, and many were made for various tourist industries, most notably the cruise ship industry, for which Norah's sailor dolls were made for various cruise ships as souvenirs.
Materials Used To Make Norah Wellings Dolls:
All Norah Wellings dolls are made out of cloth. They have stitched joints and various types of molded faces. They usually have painted features, including eyes, but rarer models have glass eyes.
Years of Production of Norah Wellings Dolls:
Norah started producing dolls through her own company in 1926, and the dolls were produced until the factory was closed in 1959 (although the dolls were available into the early 1960s). The vast majority of the production of the Victoria Toy Works factory was in the 1930s and 1940s.
Sizes of Norah Wellings Dolls:
The smallest dolls, small child or souvenir dolls, were only 7 inches to 9 inches tall. More deluxe dolls could be as large as 24 to 29 inches or more, but I think the vast majority of Norah Wellings dolls are under 18 inches, with many smaller.
Companies That Have Produced Norah Wellings Dolls:
Norah Wellings dolls have only been produced by The Victoria Toy Works; however, dolls designed by Norah Wellings (not with specific credit) were made by Chad Valley.
Market Report for Norah Wellings Dolls:
The vast majority of Norah Wellings Dolls can be found for under $200 each; many can be found for under $100. Larger, rarer models, as always, will sell for much more.
Marks on Norah Wellings Dolls:
The dolls themselves are not marked except with a paper tag on the foot or wrist; however, the dolls have a distinctive look and can easily be identified without the tag present.