Kewpie doll by Rosie O'Neill
Kewpie dolls by Rosie O'Neill - the first
Kewpie dolls were illustrations created by Rosie O'Neill in 1909 for the
Ladies Home Journal magazine,. On November 4, 1913 a patent was issued in
the USA to design and make the actual dolls, these early Kewpie dolls are all bisque and made by German manufacturer's
plus others and may bear their company marking
or are unmarked.
Authentic licensed Kewpie dolls all have blue tipped wings, were made of
high quality materials, have star shaped hands, came with a paper
label that could now be missing, many bisque Kewpies are incised on back
Rosie O'Neill or bottom of foot © O'Neill (Action Kewpies), licensed
Kewpies were never made in Japan or marked Nippon.
Kewpie dolls have been made by many different
companies over the
years, now in a variety of materials and products;
bisque dolls or figurines also in plastic, vinyl,
composition, celluloid, cloth, books, plates and other paper products by:
Amsco, George Borgfeldt, Cameo, Effanbee, Japan, Jesco,
Knickerbocker, Kruger, Strombecker, Shackman and others.