MASUDAYA JAPANESE CELLULOID WALKING DOLL – CIRCA 1950’s – 13 1/4″ HEIGHT
This celluloid and tin doll was produced by Masudaya in Japan and is dated to the early 1950’s era. The Japanese continued during this time to produce celluloid items despite it was banned in other countries due to it being highly flammable.
This mechanical/wind up doll dates to the early 1950’s but she does have some damage as described but still displays beautifully and a really nice doll to have amongst a collection. She stands in height just over 13 1/4″.
Her head, arms and legs are celluloid and her torso and feet are metal.
The celluloid head has a dent at the back of the head as shown in the photos as well as some warping to the celluloid under her chin. It does not affect her movement. She has sleeping blue eyes and the rest of her features are painted including her molded hair (some paint loss but relatively minor). Her celluloid arms are in good condition and there is slight damage to the seam of one leg (again see photos).
The metal torso is in excellent condition and when wound up with her original key she moves her feet and her arms go up and down. She probably does not work as fast as she used to but still works.
Apart from her socks her clothing is not original but has been made for her and suits her perfectly.