Morimura Oriental doll mold 202, 12" tall, bisque
socket head on a five piece composition jointed bent limb baby body, painted
multi stroke feathered eyebrows, brown inset
eyes, open mouth with teeth,
black wig, dressed in appropriate clothing.
Morimura Oriental doll mark
F. Y. Nippon 202
Japan Nippon Dolls 1915-1926
Morimura Brothers (1876-1941) was a Japanese import house based in New York City,
They supplied bisque head
German like copies of dolls to the American market and others, during World War I and after 1915-1926.
imported two basic types of bisque head dolls;
Character Babies or Dolly faced dolls.
They also sold
celluloid dolls, Nankeen (cotton body) China head dolls,
composition dolls made by Bester Manufacturing and
dolls made of rubber.
In 1922 Morimura turned their Import
Department over to Langfelder, Homma & Hayward who continued to
import bisque German and Japan dolls for them.
Some markings found on Morimura dolls are:
FY, MY, JW, MB, Y, MB inside circle,
Nippon or Japan (the word Nippon =
a mold number or
The Langfelder patented Dolly doll has stationary legs,
molded clothing and a diamond shaped label.
Morimura F. Y. Nippon doll mold 405
Morimura doll mark MB Japan
Note: We have found antique bisque head dolls marked
RE inside a triangle Nippon, it is most likely these dolls also came through
the Morimura Import Department, but this is only a best guess, as we have
not found any confirmed documentation.