My Mother’s Porcelain Dolls for Sale

Bonnie Babe Bow



My mother, Dollie Manning, was a very talented doll maker.  For several years, she teamed up with Lezette Thomason who sold the Lilliputian dolls at sewing events such as the Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion.  Most of the dolls are signed, but a few were missed in the rush to meet a deadline.



This illustration is on the front of an old Needlecraft magazine. I love those old covers.  I’m not sure what the crutch is about, but the image reminds me of my mother surrounded by her dolls.


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I’ve held onto these dolls for several years, gifting some to my granddaughters and putting others away for future birthdays and Christmas presents.   But these naked babies need to be liberated from the drawer in my sewing room.  They also need some clothes!

Bonnie Babe Bow (there is another just like her but without the bow, shown further down) is just a precious little girl and so cute when she wears a smocked bishop dress.


Coquette 25



This little charmer, Coquette,  looks like the little girls in the1925-35 Needlecraft Magazine illustrations.


Josh 25



Josh has an official name that I can’t recall.  But when Mildred Turner saw it she declared he looked just like her grandson Joshua.  So that’s what we called him.




Big Boy becomes a pretty girl when dressed in lace and batiste.

These small dolls are such fun to dress.  Scraps of fine fabrics and laces are enough to make the tiny heirloom dresses these antique reproduction dolls deserve.  Won’t you adopt one?


Sugar Britches



Sugar Britches are easy to dress and relatively sturdy.  My granddaughter Laurel played with her own Sugar Britches (on carpet) when she was three years old.


Bonnie Babe



This Bonnie Babe is identical to Bonnie Babe Bow, but without the bow.  This doll is gender neutral.





Smiley has an Asian cousin Smiley made from Asian slip.  That Smiley is all loosey-goosey and needs to be restrung, but if your are interested, please let me know.





Big Baby is one of my favorites.  It reminds me of my own chubbalicious children before they walked.





Lorna has the body of an active 7-10 year old.  She reminds me of my dgd Laurel.  I always thought she would be stunning in a dropped waist dress.


Fat Baby



My friend Suzanne Sawko calls Fat Baby Matthew, because her son with that name weighed 32 lbs. at 12 months!  She said he looked just like this.  Talk about thunder thighs!


Marla 25



Lezette had bishop patterns for several of these dolls.  I’ll ask her if they are still available.

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