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Morimura Oriental doll mold 202, 12"

Morimura Oriental doll mold 202, 12" tall, bisque socket head on a five piece composition jointed bent limb baby body.  See doll mark 202 shown below

Morimura Brothers (1876-1941) was a Japanese import house based in New York City, NY.  They supplied bisque head German like copies of dolls to the American market and others, during World War I and after 1915-1926. 

 

They imported two basic types of bisque head dolls;  Character Babies or Dolly faced dolls. 

 

They also sold celluloid dolls, Nanking (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 the Langfelder, Homma & Hayward company, who continued to import bisque head dolls. 

 

Some markings found on Morimura dolls are: FY, MY, JW, MB, Y, MB inside circle, Nippon or Japan (the word Nippon = Japan), a mold number or Yamato, see below doll marking images. 

 

A Langfelder patented Dolly doll has stationary legs, molded clothing and a diamond shaped label.

 

Morimuradoll mark MB Japan

Morimura doll mark MB Japan

F. Y. Nippon 202 - Morimura Oriental doll mark

Morimura Oriental doll mold

F. Y. Nippon 202

Morimura FY Nippon doll mold 405 mark

Morimura F. Y. Nippon doll mold 405

 

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 we have not found any confirmed documentation.

 

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Some Morimura Brothers Dolls Identified

Items shown below are for reference

Morimura Character baby doll mold 7018, 20"

Morimura Character Baby Doll, 20" tall

Character Baby dolls, 10-22" tall, bisque socket head, composition bent limb body, glass eyes, open mouth, wigged.  Markings:  FY, MY, JW, MB, Y, MB with in a circle Japan + a number, Nippon, Yamato, doll mold 22, 70018.

Morimura Dolly Face doll, 24"

Morimura Dolly Face, 24" tall

Dolly Face, 8-24" tall, bisque shoulder head, composition jointed or kid body, glass eyes, open mouth, wigged.  Markings:  FY, MY, JW, MB, Y, MB within a circle Japan + a number, Nippon, Yamato, doll mold 405, 1603

 

Additional Morimura Doll Names, Doll Mold Numbers or Trademarks

 

1919 Baby Darling doll or My Darling doll, Baby Ella doll,  Baby O' Mine doll, 1919-1921 Baby Rose doll,

1920-1921 Sonny all bisque doll, First Prize Baby doll, Dolly, My Sweetheart doll,

Nanking dolls (China head dolls on nanking - cotton bodies), Queue San Baby Oriental doll. 

Doll mold 22, 50, 202, 405, 1603, 70018

 

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