Thursday, 1 December 2016

 Norah Wellings Talk 19th November 2016.

I must start by saying a big Thank You to all those who came to my talk. It was wonderful to meet so many Norah Wellings Enthusiasts. For those who couldn't make it  please keep watching my blog as I will be sharing lots of what I talked about and Norah Wellings Dolls and Soft Toys here.

I have spoken on Norah Wellings before and usually my talk takes around 50 minutes but this time I wanted to try something different. I did a power point presentation for 25 minutes and Show and Tell for 25 minutes. I took lots of Norah Wellings Items for everyone to see and if anyone wanted to share their items they could. A few weeks before my talk The Doll Club of Great Britain bought out their 60th Anniversary edition of the their magazine The Plangon. A talk that I gave them 3 years ago was featured in the Magazine which was only available to Doll Club Members. I was very kindly given permission to copy the article written by their Editor to hand out at my talk, this way nobody missed out on any information.

I was very pleased that Thomas Plant from Special Auction Services introduced me for my talk. I asked everyone to put their name on a piece of paper and  at the end of my talk Thomas very kindly took out a name from a bag and I gave the winner a copy of my book ' Norah Wellings Cloth Dolls and Soft Toys',  now out of print and a small Norah Wellings Novelty English Policeman Doll ( I thought this appropriate as the Talk was in London). The person who won was very excited as they hadn't won anything before. I was very pleased about this, it sounded very familiar to me as I won a Norah Wellings in 1974 who started off my Collection. ( I haven't shared any names due to not having asked permission).

Please keep checking back as I have lots of articles to share with you and I am always happy to hear from you if you have any questions. You need to write to my email 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


 My goodness time is flying past and it will not be long until The London International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair.  I am so excited as there are many seminars and I am booked to see some of them. I will also be speaking on Norah Wellings Saturday 19th at 10 a.m and I will also have a stall at the Fair under the name The Optimists on Sunday 20th. I am sure there will be some fantastic items at the Fair as there are so many top dealers attending. You will find all the information  you need at the link below.  The Magazine for the Fair is now available for £5 at the same link. It is a lovely glossy magazine and has lots of very interesting articles including ones from the Seminar Speakers, don't miss out. If anyone is coming to my talk or to the weekend I would love to hear from you, please email 

 Please Take a look at the website as you can book to attend one of the many seminars , book a dinner for the Saturday evening, order Fair tickets. There is also information on how to get there Hotels, Parking and of course buy the wonderful magazine.
I hope to see you there.


(Just copy and paste into your browser if the link doesn't take you there )

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Exciting News, International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair

Great News for the New Year. Daniel Agnew and Hilary Pauley are organising a New Fair this year on Sunday 20th November 2016 called The International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear and Toy Fair to be held in the magnificent Olympia Pillar Hall. This Fair will have Dealers from all around the world so a Fair not to be missed. I will be trading there under my business name The Optimists. 

Even more exciting news on Saturday 19th November 2016 they have organised a day of Seminars in the Olympia Hilton Hotel with lots of  speakers including yours truly with a lecture on Norah Wellings at 10 am. I will be adding more about my lecture on Norah Wellings later. Here is a list of all the speakers.

Bunny Campione from the Antiques Road Show, "Dolls and the Antiques Road Show";
Sue Pearson, "A Lifetime's Love of Teddy Bears";
Eric Petit on "French bears";
Andrew Greetham on "Identifying Early British Teddy Bears";
Hugo Marsh on "Diecast Toys";
Rebekah Kaufman on "Steiff";
Gillian Trotter on "Norah Wellings";
Rachel Gotch on "Rare Dolls";
Olivia Bristol on "The history of early British Dolls' Houses;"
Sarah Holmes on "Merrythought-The Early Years";
Pierre Patau on "The history of the Peepshow"
Deborah Rosenthal on "Photographing your treasures"
Chris Littledale on "Trains"
Davis Pressland "the Art of the Tin Toy"
And some mystery guests to be announced!!

You must take a look at their website so you can see all that will be going  on for the weekend 19th and 20th November 2016 . If you want to book any Seminars you can do it on the website. Not only are there the Seminars and Fair but also the event will be opened by Bunny Campione of The Antiques Road Show and an Exhibition of Bunny Rabbits ( including some from Bunny's Collection). 

You do not have to finish your Seminars on Saturday 19th by going home you can book the Gala Dinner at the same Hotel. There will be a Champagne reception followed by a Piano Recital by Jena Pang, after which will be a three course meal with wine. As I said Very Exciting News so please check the webiste.

Hope you can make it I would love to meet you there :-)

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year

May the Magic and the Wonder of the Holiday Season stay with you throughout the coming year.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Copy of Norah Wellings 1936 Catalogue and Supplement

You must have been wondering what on earth I have  been up to as I haven't updated my blog for so long. Amazing that my last article was wishing you all a Merry Christmas,  where does the time go! I am very sorry. 

I have been very busy but at last achieved something I have wanted to do for so very long. I own an original 1936 Norah Wellings Catalogue and have taken it to the printers and had it copied. There are 19 pages / 36 sides showing all the  products available in 1936. The photographs are in colour and black and white. As with most of  Norah Wellings catalogues they only show the photograph and the model number. After some research to help you identify the Norah Wellings products you may own I have listed all the model numbers from this catalogue. Also listed where available are the sizes, materials used and the names given for each of the Novelty Dolls, Animals and Nightdress Cases. Please note Norah Wellings did not individually name the Norene, Jolly Toddler or Jolly Jokers but I have listed the sizes they were made in 1936 and also given a brief description on each Series. Many of the Norah Wellings models shown in this catalogue were made from the mid 1930's right through to the late 1940's and in some cases 1950's. This information will be invaluable to identify some of the Norah Wellings Products, A must for Collectors.

The supplement is printed  on 12 pages of one sided A4 paper, No Prices Are Given. The catalogue was an odd size slightly larger so I had the printers change it to fit on A4 paper and make it easier to use. They were  printed locally with harder card for the front and back cover and with a spiral binding.

Please note this is a copy with All Imperfections and No prices are given. It will be posted in a plastic envelope to keep the Catalogue and Supplement together and then put into a Bubble Lined Envelope. If you would like more information or would like to order one you can email me here at 
They are £25 for the copy and supplement plus  £4.30 tracked  postage in the UK and £10 International with tracking. Postage is at cost and high due to tracking if you do not want tracking please email me as you will need to pay with  a U.K cheque or Iban. 

Friday, 12 December 2014

To All A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas And A Happy, Healthy And Prosperous New Year.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Fabulous Rare Norah Wellings 18th Century English Gentleman.

I am so grateful to My Dear Friend  Mark Rochester for sharing these photographs of his Wonderful and Very Rare Norah Wellings Gentry Man .  It is so nice that Mark has allowed me to share him with you and write about a Norah Wellings Doll  that I have not seen come onto the market before or advertised in any of the Norah Wellings catalogues.

Norah Wellings Rare 18th Century English Gentleman standing with a fabulous Old English Nightdress Case Model model 997.

Photograph of Norah Wellings taken at the British Industry Fair in 1935. She is holding the 'Old English' Nightdress Case and the Rare Gentry Man that Mark has in his photograph.

It was in the 1980's that  I first saw this Fabulous Gentleman .  I saw him in a book showing a  photograph of Norah Wellings at her stand at The British Industry Fair in 1935 ( as seen here).  All the information in books written at that time and later described him and his partner as models of George and Martha Washington. You can see why as the resemblance is close to other dolls of the famous American President and his First Lady. The  books and publications were also of American Origin,. I also thought that was who they were. It was not until I started my research on Norah Wellings for my book that I finally found out who they were made  to represent. I wanted to include the photograph in my book so I needed  to check where it originally came from and after many months finally my persistence paid off.
The photograph was featured in the March 1935 Toy Trader and an article accompanying it  describes the two dolls as being modeled on 18th Century English Gentry. Mystery solved,  however I believe not many of these dolls were made , certainly not like the other dolls pictured with them in this photograph.

I still think although not in any catalogues he would have been classed as one of Norah Wellings Norene Dolls. He stands 24 inches tall and has  a felt head with painted features. He does not have any ears as his silk embroidery hair is scooped back to produce his wonderful period hair style of the time. He has a cotton body with felt limbs, fully jointed and his two middle fingers are joined together. Wearing a lovely authentic period desgn felt coat and long felt vest, lace ruffle around his neck and cuffs. His britches are of art silk and he has fine knitted socks with felt shoes.

 Close up of his unusual molded face and the fabulous hair style of this fascinating Norah Wellings Gentry Man.
They are truly a magnificent couple together, I wonder if any collectors reading this have any other Rare Norah Wellings to share. I would love to hear from you, please email me at

A Big Thank You Once Again Mark for sharing him and your lovely 'Old English' Nightdress case.