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1918 Butler Brothers Uncle Sam doll 32"

1918 Butler Brothers Carnival Doll,

Uncle Sam doll,  30"


Butler Brothers was originally a mail order, importer and jobber, founded in Boston in 1877 by two brothers; Edward Burgess Butler and Charles Henry Butler, the following year brother George Hamblet Butler joined them. 


Butler did not manufacturer dolls, instead like Sears and other distributors, they1918 Butler Brothers Uncle Sam doll 32" purchased dolls from others to sell throughout their many stores, starting with German imports, then made in the USA.


Shown is a 1918 Uncle Sam doll,  30" tall, with a composition flange head,  molded painted light brown hair, blue painted eyes, closed mouth, excelsior stuffed body, upper arms and legs, jointed with outside disks, composition lower arms.  Dressed in a red and white striped jumper with a blue and white star print jacket, black bowtie, light tan shoes, doll is unmarked


Butler advertised a line of large sized character dolls that are referred to as carnival dolls, because they were available through carnivals and fairs, most of these dolls are unmarked, some of the dolls have been attributed to Elektra Doll & Toy Co or New Era Novelty.

Antique Butler Dolls Identified

Butler Brothers sold Tam O'Shanter doll 1893; solid white bonnet head, all stone bisque doll.  Louis Amberg dolls, Averill dolls; Grumpy doll, Sunny Girl doll, Sunny Boy doll, American Beauty doll, American Countess doll, American Girl doll, Effanbee dolls; Mama dolls, Baby Catherine doll, Baby Grumpy doll, Bubbles doll, Patsy doll, Gem Toy Co Mama dolls, Gebrüder Heubach 1907-1914 Dolly Dimple doll, Ideal Flossie Flirt doll, Butler used the trade name of Marvel found under the Kestner crown and ribbon streamers on kid bodied dolls.  Butler was at sometime the exclusive agent for Jessie McCutcheon Raleigh dolls 1916 to 1920 and Regal 1928+ Kiddie Pal dolls.

Additional Antique Butler Dolls Identified

1896-1899 Favorite bisque doll heads, jointed bodies, soft limbs

1905-1907+ China Rattle head dolls, Model doll, Our Pet China head dolls;  Agnes doll, Bertha doll, Daisy doll, Dorothy doll,

Edith doll, Ethel doll, Florence doll, Helen doll, Mabel doll,

Marion doll by  Hertwig.

1906 All Zylonite floatable dolls

Butler Brothers Dolly Dimple label

Butler Brothers 1907-1914 Dolly Dimple label

1907-1912 Matlock Patent Washable dolls, Pauline doll, Ruth doll.

1909 Kämpfe & Heubach Alice doll.

1910 Eskimo North Pole dolls, 9 1/2" tall, with celluloid faces,

brown plush fur bodies, voice box, white felt mitt hands and boots

1912 Baby Betty doll, Miss Millionaire doll by Marseille

1913-1914 The Wide Awake Doll, all bisque smiling Kewpie.

1915 Baby Bud doll, Baby Catherine doll by Effanbee

1915 Yama Yama doll               1916 Baby Petite doll

Butler Brothers Ne Plus Ultra doll label

Butler Brothers Ne Plus Ultra label

1916 All Bisque Cupid doll mold 10388, 10414, 10949, 10950, 10954

   & doll mark Germany, Germany P.

1917-1918 Bathing Girl doll, Rose Mary doll, Uncle Sam doll

1918 Sweetie, a Peterkin or Kewpie look a like

1919 Tiss-Me all bisque doll by Henry Mayer

1927 cloth crepe dolls; Dutch girl or boy

1928 Dainty Miss. (Mama doll), Sissie doll made by Cameo.

1929 Tootse doll also sold at Sears.

All Rubber dolls size 4 1/2 - 10" tall, Aunt Sally doll, Aviator doll, Babbit Boy doll, Baby Bunting doll, Baby Buttercup doll, Banker's Daughter doll, Banner Kid dolls, Beatrice doll, Boudoir dolls, Buster Brown doll 11 1/2", Dorothy doll, Esther doll, Special Doll with a composition head, ABC Toy Co dolls, 1918+ large sized Carnival character dolls, plus many other dolls.

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