Monday, 23 January 2012

Norah Wellings Novelty Night Dress Cases, Part 2

All the dolls pictured here are Norah Wellings Nightdress Cases and I shall add photographs when I get them from time to time.
The Dolls pictured have skirts and no legs just feet sewn on the bottom of the skirt and the skirt has openings on each side where you put your night dress. The skirt has poppers to close.I have put the description and Model Numbers under each Doll in the Photographs.It is interesting to see how different some of the dolls look wearing different colour combinations to their outfits.Coming up in part 3 will be Animal Night Dress Cases. Until then I hope you enjoy this article and if anyone has any other Norah Wellings Night Dress Cases or any other Norah Wellings items they would like to share please send the photographs to me at norahwellingsjournal@gmail.com




'Old English' Lady Night Dress Case. There are many variations of Norah Wellings Night Dress Cases called Old English as you can see by the photographs below. I am not sure of the model number of this doll, she is from the 1930's. Standing 21 inches tall with felt head and felt arms. She wears an outfit of Art Silk with felt trim, her hat is art silk with felt inner lining and she carries felt flowers.



'Old English' Model 987, one of the earlier models from the 1930's slight variation in skirt from the catalogue. She is 21 inches tall with a felt head and felt arms. She has cotton yarn hair and her dress is made of Art Silk with felt flowers and she carries felt flowers in her hands.



Norah Wellings made a few variations of the Old English Model and this 'Old English' Model is 6017. She is a later model made after 1939.Pictured here in her original box. She is 20 inches tall with felt head, silk yarn hair. Her outfit is made of Art Silk and she wears lace fingerless gloves and holds felt flowers.



Another 'Old English' but this time model 6026.She is a later model after 1939. She has felt head and cotton arms with velvet dress and hat. Her shoes are also velvet and they have shaped heels. In the late 1940's a similar Night Dress Case but with a more child like face Model 6047 was made. She had the same outfit but no heels on her shoes and she was made right up to the last catalogue in 1958



This is one of Night Dress Cases seen in the earlier catalogues she is called 'Negress' Model 980. She is 21 inches tall with Veleteen Head and hands with Art Silk Outfit.




'Mexican' Lady Model 984 shown in one of the earlier catalogues. She is 23 inches tall with a velveteen head and hands, wearing a Veleveteen and Felt Outfit.



Norah Wellings made a few different models in Dutch Outfits this is one of her later ones made after 1939 and was made right up until the last catalogue in 1959.She has a child like face rather than a lady. She is called 'Dutch' Model 6027. She is 21 inches tall with felt head and painted features, mohair wig. Her velvet body and arms are an integral part of her outfit with cotton hands. Her skirt is and hat are made of felt.



Earlier 'Dutch' Model 981.She is 20 inches tall with felt head and hands, she wears a red curly wig. Her top is velveteen and it is an integral part of her body with skirt and hat made of felt.





Norah Wellings 'Jap' she is one of the earlier dolls shown in the early 1930's and was not made after 1939. She is Model 988 and is 21 inches tall. She has a velvet head and hands. Her Hair is wool yarn and she has felt flowers in it. She wears a dress made of Art Silk and she has felt shoes.

I was sent this photo in the 1990's so I am afraid it is not very good but it is the only time I have seen this lady other than the catalogue. She is called 'Russian', Model K103 and she was the largest of the Night Dress cases 23 inches tall. She has a felt face with yarn hair in plaits and felt hands and wears a wonderful felt outfit. Unfortunately her elaborate felt hat is missing but if you look at my other article Norah Wellings Night Dress Cases Part 1 you will see the catlogue photograph. She appears in the 1936 and 1938 catalogues but seems to have been discontinued after this.



'Italian' Model 986. One of the earlier models. She is 21 inches tall with felt head, mohair wigand felt arms. She has a felt skirt with Art Silk top and scarf and velvet bodice.



One of the earlier 'Spanish' Lady Dolls Model 985. She is 21 inches tall with felt head,yarn hair, Outfit made of Art Silk with Felt Flowers.


'Spanish' Lady Model 995. She is an earlier doll from around 1933. She is 21 inches tall with felt head and cotton yarn hair. Her outfit is Art Silk and her shoes are also of the same material.

Another 'Spanish' Model 995 showing a different colour combination than the above photo and she also has a matching head scarf and shawl as shown in the catalogue



This Night Dress Case is called 'Yachting Girl' Model number 992, she appears in a catalgue from the Ocean Trading Company in the 1930's but I have not yet found her in a Norah Wellings Catalogue so she may have been made especially to purchase on board Cruise Ships. She is 21 inches tall with felt head, painted features, ears and mohair wig. She has cotton hands and her outfit is made of Art Silk.

3 comments:

  1. Hi there,

    I was very happy to find a picture of the above doll - Night Dress Case is called 'Yachting Girl' Model number 992, I have the above doll. She has the made in England by Norah Wellings tag on one foot and another tag sewn on the other which did have faded numbers on it. I did not realise what type of doll she was until now, only who made it and that she had a nice "ladies" face.

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  2. Hello,
    I am so pleased you have been able to identify your Yachting Girl. I think this model is so unusual. Thank you for your comment.
    Kind Regards
    Gill

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  3. Thank you for your page. I've spent over an hour online looking for a doll that I knew must be Norah Wellings. Turns out she is "Jap" shown above. She has a different dress and I'm wondering if they came with different fabrics. I just bought my doll today; her dress is a heavier type fabric with an Egyptian motif to it that seems a bit preposterous. Possibly a replacement? replacement?

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