Follow-Up: Little Doll ID Answer

Little Doll-Rose-Colors-Birds 011Last February a goal found me, when I purchased a little doll at an antique store.  Here’s last year’s posts on the subject:  February 2011 Little Doll, and Little Doll Identification Quest.  The Quest link gives stats on the doll I found.

Well, I think I have identified this doll, or at least gotten very close.   Doll on left is my doll, and photo on right is from online Doll Reference.averill_sis13hopkins1928fa_small

Little Doll sittingDo you agree that these faces look alike?  Except for the rust colored yarn foo-foo hair, of course.

But look at this photo of my doll:

Little Doll Side View HoleThere are similarities, my doll has three holes, one on each side and one on the top.

The wisps of blond hair could have come later, a wig added, perhaps.

From the online Doll Reference encyclopedia, here’s what I found out:

Circa 1924, Sis Hopkins doll designed by Grace G. Drayton Wiederseim and manufactured by a USA doll company, Averill Manufacturing Company.  Here’s a cut-and-paste:

ca. 1924 Averill Sis Hopkins doll, 13-14″ tall, composition shoulder head and lower arms, cloth stuffed body upper arms and legs, stitched hips, molded hair with five rust colored yarn pigtails and tied with a green ribbon, black side glancing painted eyes, watermelon painted slight smiling mouth, designed by Grace G. Drayton Wiederseim.  Doll mark: G. G. Drayton ©.  Sis Hopkins was a character played by comedian Rose Melville (1873-1946).  Amberg also made a Sis Hopkins doll ca. 1912, who is marked with her name.


ca. 1924 Averill Chocolate Drop doll, 13-14″, uses the same head mold as the Sis Hopkins doll, with a black or brown composition head with five black yarn pigtails, brown cloth body, rest of doll is same as the Sis Hopkins doll.  Doll mark: G. G. Drayton ©.  

Averill – Georgene – Hendren Dolls 1915-1965

Averill Manufacturing Company a New York, USA doll manufacturer has a long and somewhat confusing history, mostly due to the various names the company operated under such as: Paul Averill, Inc., Madame Georgene, and Georgene Novelties.

It was begun by husband and wife team James “Paul” Averill and wife Georgene Hopf Averill, they also employed Georgene’s brother Rudolph A. Hopf and daughter Maxine AverillGeorgene or Madame Georgene the doll designer, sometimes used the trade name Madame Hendren which is also in some of the doll markings, also Life-Like doll or Lyf-Lyk and Wonder dolls.

Averill collaborated with Borgfeldt, Horsman and several other doll artists, they are probably best known for cloth Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls designed by Johnny Gruelle and the Bonnie Babe doll. (end cut-and-paste)

Now, if you go to my link :  Little Doll Identification Quest you will see that the two dolls are not exactly alike.  A doll kit could account for the difference in the body sizes. My doll’s body is smaller.   The blurb above says there were five yarn holes but my doll only has three.  Misprint?  Don’t know.  I tried to find out more about Sis Hopkins and Rose Melville, without much luck.  The play/stage act was very popular in rural areas and I believe it was entertainment in the Eastern United States.

So, if any readers out there have more information, please leave a comment.  Thanks.


About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative and she works in a variety of materials including pencils, paints, paper, porcelain and fabric. Her current projects involve hand-sewn bookbinding, children's book illustrating, and writing. In 2010, two of her paintings were published in the Saddleback College literary magazine, The Wall. In the past, she has received recognition for painting and doll making. Linda lives in California with her husband and family pet. Her new blog can be found Please visit often to see how the site develops. Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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3 Responses to Follow-Up: Little Doll ID Answer

  1. catherine says:

    Love this little face!

  2. Hmmmm . . . they look like a match to me. Wish I knew more about this kind of doll, but vintage Barbie is more my area of expertise. 🙂

    • I like the look and feel of older dolls…more handmade look and feel. The doll of my youngest years was some type of plastic. Not very hugable, but I have photos holding that doll at two different residences, so I must of liked it. My memories are coming from photos. I can’t really remember playing with that doll, but on some level I have emotional memories which are guiding my behavior now.


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