Averill - Georgene -
Hendren Dolls 1915-1965
Company a New York, USA doll manufacturer has a long and somewhat
confusing history, mostly due to the various names the company
operated under such as: Paul Averill, Inc., Madame Georgene,
and Georgene Novelties.
It was begun by husband and
wife team James "Paul" Averill and wife Georgene Hopf Averill,
they also employed Georgene's
brother Rudolph A. Hopf and daughter Maxine Averill. Georgene or
Madame Georgene the doll designer, sometimes used the trade
name Madame Hendren which is also in some of the doll
markings, also Life-Like doll or Lyf-Lyk and Wonder
Averill collaborated with
Borgfeldt, Horsman and several other doll
artists, they are probably best known for cloth Raggedy Ann
and Andy dolls designed by Johnny Gruelle and the Bonnie Babe
Antique to vintage Averill - Georgene - Hendren dolls identified
1916-1920s Averill Dutch Boy and Dutch Girl doll, 11-20" tall,
description still to come. Doll marks 34, 72, R. T. Mfg. Co, Trion Toy
Co, and unmarked. Averill also made dressed Cowboy
dolls, WWI Yankee Doodle Kid doll and possibly others with this head mold
- see next entry.
Different dolls were purchased from other doll makers, dressed in
Dutch outfits and sold by Averill. The 72 doll mold is the same face mold
as the Effanbee Betty Bounce doll.
ca. 1916-1920s Dutch Boy doll, 12"
1916-1920s Averill Indian dolls, Native American dolls, Black dolls,
Cowboy dolls, 13-20" tall, composition flared or shoulder head
and cloth doll, partial or full composition limbs, usually with
painted brown yes, closed mouth, black molded painted hair for
boys, black mohair wig in braids some over molded hair for
girls, dressed in felt Native American costume; tunic with
fringe trimmed with beads, simple felt ribbon looped thru
punched holes and tied for closure, pants or skirt with fringed,
moccasin shoes, and headbands or feathered head dress as
appropriate to the character or a felt fringed cowboy outfit
with tunic and felt chaps. They used several different
dolls; some neck markings are; Trion Toy Co 1915
none on doll, a three leaf clover with initials
R F L inside each leaf, A.M. © Co. Bodies may have the
ink stamp; Madame Hendren's Life-Like Doll, Patented
June 4th, 1918. See below for the
1923 Black Rufus Indian dressed doll with Dolly Dingle face mold.
ca. 1920s Indian doll,
Native American doll, 13"
Averill Indian, Native American, Papoose Baby dolls, 4-12" tall in
their felt fringed carriers; German bisque, celluloid, all
composition or composition and cloth dolls, painted eyes, closed
mouth, painted molded black hair. Most of these dolls are
unmarked, or it's unknown how marked due to the
clothing and felt carrier that encloses them. Most had a
cloth tag attached; Madame Hendren, Character Doll,
Costume Pat. May 9th, 1916.
ca.1916-1920s Indian doll, Native American doll,
Papoose Baby dolls
1916 Madame Hendren Preparedness Kid doll, 12" tall, composition flange head
and arms, cloth body with outside disk joints and legs, dressed in a khaki two
piece uniform, belt, and hat with black cloth sewn on shoes, Madame Hendren tag
on sleeve. Doll marked H.C.Q.
Madame Hendren Black Boy in Blue Velvet doll, 12" about the same face mold as Preparedness Kid
shown at right, same doll mark H.C.Q. Composition head and hands
painted brown, black human hair wig over brown molded hair, brown painted eyes,
black human hair mustache and goatee, dressed in a blue velvet tunic with open
sleeves, white long sleeve shirt, blue pants, black oilcloth boots, chain belt.
1916 Preparedness Kid
1918 Madame Hendren Life-Like doll or Lyf-Lyk doll, 17, 20, 24-25" tall,
bisque or composition heads, hands and forearms, cloth stuffed body with a
tailored heel, molded painted hair, painted eyes, open or closed mouth.
Dolls are unmarked. Body has an ink stamp; Madame Hendren Life-Like
Doll, Patented June 11th, 1918. This is the first Baby doll created
by Georgene, who is know to us today, as a Mama type doll.
1918 Life-Like doll or
Lyf-Lyk doll, 25"
ca. 1918+ Madame Hendren Baby
Georgene doll, 15-18 or 22-24" tall, Mama or baby
dolls, composition head and limbs, full composition arms with clenched fists, cloth stuffed body
with music box inside that plays "Lullaby Baby", molded
hair and/or wigged, sleep eyes, closed mouth.
Doll is marked: Georgene Baby.
ca. 1920s Baby Georgene doll, 22"
ca. 1918+ Madame Hendren Baby
Hendren doll, 15-18 or 22-24" tall, Mama or baby
dolls, composition head and limbs stuffed cloth body, molded
hair, sleep eyes, open
mouth. Doll is marked: Baby Hendren
ca. 1920s Baby endren doll, 22"
1922 Madame Hendren Dolly Reckord doll, 26" tall, composition shoulder head
with a cloth body and a recorder, speaker mechanism in it's
back, sleep eyes, wigged, open mouth. Marked in ink on
body: Genuine Madame Hendren Doll.
Dolly Reckord doll, 26"
1923 Averill Black Rufus doll, dressed Indian
doll, same face mold as Dolly Dingle or Bobby Dingle, 12 1/2-13" tall,
brown composition shoulder head
jointed at the shoulders and hips, black or brown cloth body, painted side
glancing eyes, pug nose, closed smiling watermelon mouth with indented
cheeks, face is similar to the Campbell Kid dolls made by
American Character and
Horsman. Doll marked: G. G. Drayton
Designed by Grace G. Drayton Weidersum.
1923 Black Rufus doll, dressed as an Indian, same
face mold as
Dolly Dingle, 12 1/2-13"
ca. 1924 Averill Sis Hopkins doll, 13-14" tall,
composition shoulder head and lower arms, cloth stuffed body
upper arms and legs, stitched hips, molded hair with five rust
colored yarn pigtails and tied with a green ribbon, black side
glancing painted eyes, watermelon painted slight smiling mouth,
designed by Grace G. Drayton Wiederseim.
Doll mark: G. G. Drayton ©. Sis Hopkins was a character played by
comedian Rose Melville (1873-1946). Amberg
also made a Sis Hopkins doll ca. 1912, who is marked with her name.
ca. 1924 Averill Chocolate Drop doll, 13-14", uses the same head mold
as the Sis Hopkins doll, with a black or brown composition head with five black yarn
pigtails, brown cloth body, rest of doll is same as the Sis Hopkins doll. Doll mark: G. G. Drayton ©.
ca. 1924 Sis Hopkins doll, 13-14"
1924 Averill Baby doll, 22, 24" tall, possibly other sizes, Baby Horsman
look alike or competitor, composition flange head and lower arm and leg limbs or
cloth arms with just composition hands with splayed fingers, cloth stuffed body
and upper limbs, molded painted blond hair with curl on forehead, tin sleep
eyes, closed mouth. Doll head marked: A.M. Co. Body Ink
Stamp; Genuine Madame Hendren Doll, 424.
Doll shown has been restored.
1924 Averill Baby
1925 Averill Lullaby Baby doll,13, 16, 18" tall, possibly other
sizes, Bye-Lo doll type, composition (mold 314, 316) or bisque flange head (mold
tin sleep eyes, closed mouth, lightly molded painted hair, cloth
body and limbs with straight cloth legs, composition or
Head markings; AM © Co., or AM Germany 341
(bisque head only, by Marseille). Body ink stamp; 13" size - Genuine Madame Hendren
Doll 314 Made in USA or 16" size - Genuine Madame Hendren Doll
1925 Lullaby Baby doll, 18"
1926-1929 Averill Whistling Dan doll, 14" tall,
composition head and lower arms, cloth body - upper arms and legs, painted side glancing eyes, puckered
open mouth with a hole for whistling, dolls are unmarked or marked: USA
with an ink
stamp on the cloth body.
Other Averill whistling dolls are; Dan who also came
dressed as a Sailor or Cowboy and Nell.
1926-1929 Whistling Dan doll, 14"
1926-1946 Averill Bonnie Babe doll,
12-24" tall, bisque or celluloid head with molded painted hair, cloth body,
composition limbs - some have a composition body with bent limb arms, sleep eyes, open smiling mouth,
with two lower teeth, marked: Copr.
By Georgene Averill Germany 1005-3653 1386 or 1402 on
head. The bisque heads were made by ABG - Alt, Beck & Gottschalck
and imported from Germany, distributed through
1926 Averill Bonnie Babe doll 5-7"
tall, all bisque doll, jointed bisque body, molded painted
hair, painted eyes, open mouth, molded painted shoes
1926-1946 Bonnie Babe doll,
Sister doll, Little Brother doll or Kiddie Karakter doll, 14" tall,
(all the same doll mold, dressed differently), composition
shoulder head and limbs, cloth stuffed body, lightly molded painted hair,
painted eyes and eye lashes, painted closed watermelon mouth, wearing clothes
appropriate to the dolls name; a girl is Sister, boy is Brother and a nursery
character is Kiddie Karakter. Designed by artist
and doll maker Grace
Corry Rockwell. Doll marked
© By Grace Corry.
1927 Little Brother doll, 14"
Averill Sunny Boy doll, Sunny Girl doll, 14, 17, 19, or 22" celluloid
shoulder head with the
turtle mark, a sunburst, + doll mold number, Made in USA and the dolls name, a
slender cloth stuffed body, composition limbs, molded hair,
Sunny Girl doll, 17"
1928 Madame Hendren Baby Brite doll, 18 or 22" tall,
composition flange head and limbs, stuffed cloth body, molded
painted blonde hair, gray celluloid sleep eyes, open mouth with
two upper teeth, slight dimples on each side of mouth, can put
it's right index finger in it's mouth, Effanbee Bubbles look a
like or competitor (Bubbles can put her left finger in mouth,
Marked: Madame Hendren Doll.
1928 Baby Brite doll, 22"
1928 Madame Hendren Snookums doll, 14"
tall, all composition with jointed body, white doll or black doll,
painted tin eyes, open smiling mouth with two upper teeth, the
black Snookums does not have a hair tuff on the top of his head. Marked: Madame Hendren Doll.
1928 Snookums doll, 14" black
Averill Girl doll, various sizes, composition shoulder head with cloth
body, composition limbs, molded blonde hair, sleep eyes, open
Girl doll, 17"
1929 Averill Jimmie doll (boy)
or his girlfriend
14" tall, Patsy type look a like, socket head with all composition jointed body
with/or without body twist ball joint waist, molded painted hair, large
painted eyes, dolls are unmarked but had a wrist tag.
Dolls may have an ink stamp on body; Madame Hendren, Patent Pending. We think both dolls are identical, but that the clothing
determined the dolls name ie. dressed as a boy then it's Jimmie,
dressed as girl then it's Dimmie.
Note: This doll was
also called Boots doll by Horsman,
Tootsie doll by Sears, both dolls are unmarked and the Maxine Doll
Co. named their doll Mitzi and is marked with her name,
To make a positive ID on the
manufacturer, ink stamp on doll body, tagged clothing, original
wrist tag, box or possibly some manufacturers may have had a
marking on their doll.
1929 Jimmie doll or Dimmie doll,
ca. 1930s Averill Baby Yawn doll, 19" tall, possibly other sizes too,
composition flange head and hands, cloth stuffed body with straight legs, molded
painted hair, squinting closed eyes, open yawning mouth. Doll marked
Georgene 49. Looks like the Ideal or Horsman later dolls known as
ca. 1930s Baby Yawn doll, 19"
1930s Averill Peaches Doll Family, Patsy types, 14-19" tall,
composition shoulder head and limbs, cloth stuffed body or all
composition head and jointed Patsy type body, molded
painted hair, some have a pin hole for a hair bow, all the Peaches dolls
two small curls just behind their bangs on top of the head, tin or
glassene sleep eyes or painted eyes, small closed painted
Averill Peaches doll, 16 or 19" tall, all composition doll with a
jointed body or
shoulder head, with a cloth body, tin or glassene sleep eyes, small closed
Peaches doll, 17", Bud doll 14", all composition doll with a jointed
body, tin or glassene sleep eyes, small closed painted mouth.
Blossom Peaches 14" tall, all composition doll with a
jointed body with
painted eyes, small closed painted mouth, and is the doll shown at right.
The largest size Peaches doll is sometimes marked: A.M.
Co., Averill Manufacturing Co., other size Peaches could have a
similar marking, ACO Inc., or all dolls can be unmarked.
Blossom Peaches doll, 14"
Photo courtesy of
1934 Averill Uncle Wiggily
Longears and Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy dolls, 18-21" tall, animal character
dolls, all stuffed cloth toy with painted facial features.
The Uncle Wiggily character is a rabbit dressed as an elderly
man with top hat, overcoat, shirt, tie, vest and pants, the stuffed toys are usually
unmarked, but originally had a hang tag that said:
Georgene Averill. Nurse Jane wore a long gown and is a
The Uncle Wiggily character is
based on the Uncle Wiggily's Adventure story book's, newspaper columns, comics,
board games, radio show and more, all created by American author
Howard R. Garis (1873-1962) beginning in 1910. The
radio show (1920s) was sponsored by Ovaltine.
Photo's courtesy addicted*to*vintage
1934 Uncle Wiggily Longears doll, 20"
Cherub doll, 12 or 16" tall, designed by Harriet
all composition, jointed body, molded painted hair, blue painted eyes with three upper painted
eyelashes, open O mouth with painted tongue, marked on neck: Harriet
© Flanders 1937.
Little Cherub doll, 12"
by Harriet Flanders
a brunette or Sweets doll a blonde, 12-22" tall, printed
cloth doll with painted face, painted or yarn hair, big eyes
with real lashes, closed smiling mouth, usually marked at the
seam, doll mark MTF. Based on accurate reproductions of artist Maud
Tousey Fangel (1881-1968) illustrations.
1938 Sweets doll
Averill Raggedy Ann doll, 15-50" tall, all cloth rag doll
with orangish-red yarn hair.
ca. 1940s Raggedy Ann
Averill Raggedy Andy doll, 15-50" tall, all cloth rag doll
with orangish-red yarn hair.
ca. 1940s Raggedy
Andy doll, 16"
Lulu doll, 12 or 14" tall, all cloth doll with swivel head
and painted mask face, black yarn hair, applied ears, closed
mouth, usually unmarked but came with a hangtag.
Other Comic Characters
were: Alvin, Becassine, Nancy, Sluggo, Tubby Tom.
Little Lulu doll, 14"
Averill Nancy doll,
12 or 14" tall, all cloth doll with swivel head and
painted mask face, black yarn hair, applied ears, closed
mouth, usually unmarked but came with a hangtag.
Comic character from
cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy comic strip
distributed by United Feature Syndicate, as is the Sluggo Smith doll below.
Nancy doll, 14"
Smith doll, 12 or 14" tall, all cloth doll with swivel
head and painted mask face, yarn hair, applied ears, closed
mouth, usually unmarked but came with a hangtag.
Comic character from
cartoonist Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy comic strip,
distributed by United Feature Syndicate, Sluggo is
Nancy's best friend.
Sluggo Smith doll, 14"
Baby doll, 18, 24, 26" tall, vinyl head with painted eyes,
wide open smiling mouth with two lower teeth, dimples, molded hair,
thin vinyl stuffed body and upper legs, crier, stitched hips, usually marked:
Averill, may have a
© 1958 on inside legs.
Items pictured are for reference
1958 Aver Baby doll, 24"
Additional Averill - Georgene -
Madame Hendren Dolls not shown
1915 Averill September Morn doll, 7" tall, all bisque doll, jointed
at shoulders and hips, designed by Grace Drayton, registered trademark
and distributed by George Borgfeldt (1914), doll mark September Morn Germany
inside an oval.
Averill Baby Virginia doll, Averill
Mfg. registered trade name in the Madame Hendren line.
Averill Baby Darling doll, 17, 20, 24"
tall, Mama doll, composition and cloth, sleep eyes, by Madame
Averill Wonder Dolls; Billie Boy or Billy Boy, 20-28" tall, composition and cloth,
they walk, they talk, they dance, painted hair, companion to the Betty
doll, also Mistress Bubbles doll, Master Bubbles doll. In 1922 Wonder Dancing
dolls were featured in the musical act Tangerine, in the show hit song
(You and I) Atta Baby song, by composer Carlo-Sanders.
1921 Averill Buddy Boy doll, 19" tall, composition flange head and
lower arms, cloth upper arms, body and legs with stitched hips, molded painted
blonde hair, painted eyes, closed mouth, Mama crier in tummy. Doll mark
unmarked. Ink stamp on body; Madame Hendren Life Like
Doll, Patented June 11th, 1918.
1921-1924 Averill Rock a Bye Baby doll, 14, 16, 18" tall,
composition shoulder head and lower arms, cloth upper arms, body and straight
legs, mohair wig, tin sleep eyes that close when doll is rocked, three criers;
in doll body and both hips, open mouth, shipping box is the dolls cradle.
Doll is unmarked. The Rock a Bye Baby doll was also sold through
1923-1924 Averill Chocolate Drop doll, 11-12 or 16" tall, brown
cloth rag doll on printed fabric with three yarn pigtails, designed by
Grace Drayton, doll mark Chocolate Drop Copyright by G.G. Drayton.
1923 Averill Dolly Dingle doll, 11-12 or 16" tall, white all cloth rag
doll on printed fabric, blonde hair, big round eyes,
designed by Grace Drayton, doll mark Copyright by G.G. Drayton. Also, some 11" tall, Dolly Dingle cloth dolls, were multi-face
dolls, with two faces.
1923 Averill U-Shab-Ti doll or Ushabti doll, 18" tall, Averill's
Tutankhaman Toys &
Tut's Pup, brown composition shoulder head and hands,
brown cloth arms, body and legs, molded and pained black hair, painted brown
eyes, slightly open smiling mouth. Doll is unmarked. Wore an
Egyptian headdress, matching skirt a belt and sandals. This same head mold was
used on a white Mama doll, also unmarked.
1924-1925 Averill Baby Dingle, part of the
Dolly Dingle group of dolls, composition
head with molded hair, painted eyes or sleep eyes.
1924 Boob Mcnutt doll, 34" tall, comic character
(1915-1934) created by Rube Goldberg, printed lithograph on oilcloth facial
features and shirt with tie one piece doll, oilcloth black sport jacket, rust
pants, black shoes and tiny yellow hat, made for Star Doll & Toy Co. Doll
is marked with his name "Boob Mcnutt" imprinted beneath his tie on front and
came with a hangtag,
1924 Averill Pinky Winky doll, 18" tall, cloth head with a
celluloid mask face with molded painted hair, large googly like celluloid disk
eyes, closed mouth with dimples in each cheek and chin, cloth body and limbs,
mitt hands. Dolls are unmarked. Designed by Averill for
Pinky Winky Products Company.
1926 Averill Betty Bronson Cinderella doll, 13" tall, a topsy-turvy
doll, both are composition shoulder heads and arms, gray tin
sleep eyes, brown mohair wig with a shared body, no legs. Doll is unmarked.
Betty Bronson (1906-1971) was an actress, played Peter Pan and was in A Kiss For
Cinderella both JM Barrie silent films.
1930s Averill Aviator Girl doll, 17" tall, composition
shoulder head, stuffed cloth body and limbs, dressed as an Aviator; jacket,
shirt, wool pants, under wear, leggings, shoes, hat and goggles. Doll is
unmarked. Head mold was used on other Hendren - Averill dolls.
ca. 1950s Averill Baby
Dawn doll, 20" tall, all vinyl with rooted hair, large
sleep eyes, dimples in cheeks, open slight smiling mouth,
usually marked: AVERILL.
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