This is an absolutely stunning Vintage Ruth Gibbs Godey's Lady 13 Blonde Hair China Doll (stand included) + Original Vintage Uncut McCall Pattern 1292 and copy of an original Ruth Gibbs pamphlet featuring this line of dolls PLUS her original hang tag from G. She has blonde painted hair, blue eyes, rosy cheeks and painted shoes to match her hair. Her neck and wrist are adorned with gold painted jewelry.
She has a china head and neckplate, china arms and china legs with a cloth body. This blonde haired beauty will come to you in her original undergarments with pink bow ties (There is a bit of staining on the pink satin ribbon, see photos). Included is the original McCall pattern #1292 which was made for this doll.
It contains patterns and instructions for six dresses, coats, bonnets and underwear to complete her fashion ensemble. A little history on Ruth Gibbs. Ruth Gibbs dolls were created and produced by Ruth Gibbs and her husband, Herbert Johnson. Ruth Gibbs was an antique doll collector who worked as a design stylist and merchandizing consultant for Dennisons Department Store in NYC.
The couple had a strong desire to produce a china doll that would not only be collectable, but could also be played with by little girls. Ruth Gibbs began making the dolls in the early 1940s. In 1948 a patent was issued for Ruth Gibbs Godeys Lady Book Dolls. The dolls were produced in a factory in Flemington, NJ. Herbert Johnson managed the factory.The dolls had a china shoulder head, china lower arms, china lower legs, and a cloth body. There was wire inside the bodies to make the dolls easy to pose. The dolls were produced in 12 and 7, with the smaller size being more popular. Early dolls had white skin and looked more like antique china dolls. Later dolls had pale pink or dark brown skin (rare) and a more modern, page boy hair style. The dolls are inscribed Ruth Gibbs on their back.
Hair colors were brown, black, blonde, and red. Rare dolls had applied wigs.Most of the dolls had gold painted shoes, though other colors (to match the hair color) were made. The dolls faces were hand painted. Production of the china head dolls ceased in the mid 1950s. Plastic dolls were later produced for a short time.
Thank you to the Birmingham Doll Club for this history brief. Any collector would be proud to display this doll in their collection!
The item "Vintage Ruth Gibbs Godey's Lady 13 Blonde Hair China Doll + McCall Pattern 1292" is in sale since Sunday, December 13, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\By Material\Porcelain\Vintage (Pre-1980)". The seller is "holliwoodhostess" and is located in Sarasota, Florida.
This item can be shipped to United States.