The Handkerchief Satchet was listed as being 9 1/2 inches tall and they were nearly a duplicate copy and model number of the Nightdress Case it was to represent but with AA after each number. Some of the outfits vary slightly due to the smaller size so they are not always as elaborate. The earlier Handkerchief Satchets had felt or velveteen heads that would swivel. most of the eyes were painted but I have seen the Mexican and Negress with glass eyes. They wore elaborate outfits mostly representing different National Costume made of Silk, Taffeta, Velvet and Felt. Some wore hats and others had mohair, wool or silk for hair. Their skirts formed the Satchet where you could open the skirt and store your Handkerchiefs and would fasten at the side with press studs to keep the item in place. The Norah Wellings label was either sewn on the foot on the skirt or even on the back of the body.
The range in 1936 is listed below.
Model Number Name
980 AA Negress
981 AA Dutch
982 AA Eastern Lady
984 AA Mexican
985 AA Spanish
986 AA Italian
996 AA Old English
997 AA Old English
It is interesting to note that although there are 9 different Handkerchief Sachets listed in the 1936 catalogue there were 18 Nightdress Cases in the same catalogue so only half have been made to represent the Nightdress Cases.
Dutch Model 981AA ( my thanks to Mickie of Yesterdays Toys for allowing me to use this photograph )
In 1939/40 two other models were introduced 6026 AA Old English ( child face model ) and 6027 AA Dutch ( child face model).
By late 1940's all the Handkerchief Satchets from the 1936 catalogue had been discontinued and others had taken their place. I am afraid the later catalogue only mentions the model numbers not the countries they are to represent so I have put a question mark next to those I have not been able to identify. Fortunately some have come to me in the past with paper labels and the country stamped on the back of the label. The later Handkerchief Satchets have been found with Felt, Stockinette and sometimes Cotton Heads and arms, all have painted features.
Model Number Name
6047AA Old English
6049AA Old English ?
6050 AA Spanish ?
Pages From a 1950's Norah Wellings Catalogue
It does not matter how much Norah Wellings research material I have or how many catalogues there are always models that appear that are not listed or variations that I have not seen before. I do know that I have seen a Teddy Bear and a Trikko the Monkey Handkerchief Satchets but as yet I do not have a photo of one. I do have photo's of the nightdress cases and you can see them in my earlier articles on nightdress cases on the 30th January 2012 ( listed on the right hand side of page under 'More Articles on Norah Wellings Products' , press on 2012 ). If anyone can help with any other photo's of Handkerchief Satchets or if I come across others I will add them to this article as I get them.
The last photo shows the difference in size of the nightdress case and the Handkerchief Satchet but both models I have not seen in a catalogue. They both belonged to Isobel Nicholls, Norah Wellings niece so they may have been special variations of the 'Old English' model from the late 1940 early 1950's.
I do hope you have enjoyed this article. If you have any different photographs of Handkerchief Satchets you have come across and are willing to share so I can add them here then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org