Worn Tattered and Cracked in the Head – Vintage Composition Dolls (3)


Following on from part (2).  The little girl came with sort of mismatched clothing, a cotton dress with crocheted jacket and booties. I haven’t changed them as they seem to suit her and I just love her as is and as I found here.


She has all the usual signs of age related wear and tear not uncommon in composition dolls.  Her body mark identifies her as a RELIABLE doll made in Canada.



Look at that gorgeous little face, the cracking and crazing. Look at the brittleness of the composition around her lips, the skun & bruised nose! The crazing comes from cracks in the outer surface. OK maybe some of you won’t agree it’s a gorgeous face. It is to me & a big part of what draws me to her.


I’m quite confident her hair is mohair by look and feel. A bit of Google search reveals that Reliable Toy Company in Canada used mohair on their dolls from 1922 until 1955.

She’s about 15″ long and has blue glass eyes, sleep eyes, with remnants of hair eyelashes on top. While her body shows wear and tear her limbs are all connected meaning she doesn’t need re-stringing.

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Little finger missing on her right hand.


Somebody loved this little girl before me. And I love her just as she is.

No need to do anything to her to bring her back to life.  She talks to me just as she is, tells me her cracked and crazed story.





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