ca. 1918+ Morimura Dolly face doll, 25" tall, bisque
socket head on a five piece composition jointed body, open mouth with teeth,
doll mark 1 MB symbol inside a circle, Japan 5
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
They imported two basic types of bisque head dolls; Character Babies or
Dolly faced dolls.
They also sold
All bisque dolls, celluloid dolls, Nanking (cotton body) China head dolls,
composition dolls made by Bester Manufacturing and
dolls made of rubber.
In 1921 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 as shown below.
Morimura Brothers Doll Marks, Labels or Tags
Morimura doll mark Queue San Baby label
Morimura doll mark Baby Darling or Baby Belle label
Morimura doll mark
Baby Rose Germany (unknown maker) label,
doll mold 497
Morimura doll mark Cho-Cho San label
Morimura or Langfelder doll mark Dolly label, incised NIPPON on back
Morimura doll mark First Prize
Morimura doll mark My Darling M.B. N.Y. tag
Morimura doll mark Sonny label
Morimura doll mark
MB with symbol inside a circle Japan
Some Morimura Brothers Dolls Identified
Morimura Character Baby Doll, 20" tall
1914+ 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, 24" tall
1918+ 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, Trademarks, Dates
1916-1922 Queue San Baby Oriental doll, all bisque
Dolly all bisque bathing doll,
My Darling doll, 1918-1919 The Bester doll
(composition doll made by the Bester
Doll Manufacturing Company),
1919 Baby Darling doll and Baby Belle all bisque, Baby Ella
Baby O' Mine doll, 1919-1921 Baby Rose doll mold 497 all bisque,
1920-1921 Cho-Cho San all bisque doll with molded cap, My Sweetheart doll,
First Prize doll all bisque, Nanking dolls (China head
dolls with nanking cotton bodies),
doll all bisque.
Doll Mold Numbers Identified
1, 2, 3-4/0, 3-7,3-12, 4, 5,
6, 8, 22, 50, 32, 497, 1603
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