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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 Japan bisque head dolls. 

 

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

 

Morimura Brothers Doll Marks, Labels or Tags

 

Morimuradoll mark MB inside a circle Japan

Morimura doll mark MB with symbol inside a circle Japan

 

 

Morimura doll mark Queue San Baby label

Morimura doll mark Queue San Baby label

Morimura label doll mark MB Baby Darling

Morimura doll mark Baby Darling or Baby Belle label

Morimura doll mark Baby Rose doll mold 497

Morimura doll mark Baby Rose Germany (unknown maker) label,

doll mold 497

Morimura doll mark Cho-Cho San

Morimura doll mark Cho-Cho San label

Langfelder or Morimura doll mark Dolly label inside a diamond

Morimura or Langfelder doll mark Dolly label, incised NIPPON on back

Morimura doll mark First Prize label

Morimura doll mark First Prize label

Morimura doll mark My Darling M.B. N.Y. tag

Morimura doll mark My Darling M.B. N.Y. tag

Morimura doll mark Sonny label

Morimura doll mark Sonny label

 

 

Some Morimura Brothers Dolls Identified

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, doll marks MB in a circle Japan + a number, Nippon, doll mold 22.

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, doll marks MB within a circle Japan + a number, Nippon, doll mold 1603

 

Additional Morimura Doll Names, Doll Mold Numbers or Trademarks

 

1915-1922 Queue San Baby Oriental doll all bisque, 1917-1921 My Darling doll, 1918 The Bester doll

(possibly made by the Bester  Doll Manufacturing Company), 1919 Baby Darling doll and Baby Belle all bisque,

Baby Ella doll,  Baby O' Mine doll, 1919-1921 Baby Rose doll mold 497 all bisque,

1920-1921 Cho-Cho San doll all bisque with molded cap, Dolly all bisque bathing doll, My Sweetheart doll,

First Prize doll all bisque, Nanking dolls (China head dolls with nanking cotton bodies),

Sonny doll all bisque.   

 

Morimura Doll mold numbers 1, 2, 3-4/0, 3-7,3-12, 4, 5, 6, 8, 22, 50, 32, 497, 1603

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