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Anyone know who makes this doll?

by Erica Curtis
(Washington State)


My grandmother bought me this doll when I was about 8 years old, so it was approximately 1962. It was not to play with, and it sat for many years in my bedroom.


We moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1972 and her pinky finger on her right hand got snapped off. I didn't recover the finger unfortunately.

She is 19" tall and has on her original dress, both shoes, only one sock, and old fashioned cotton underpants with a snap. Her eyebrows are painted like Armand Marseille dolls with a delicate sweep of the brush. Her fingernails are painted red.

She has auburn hair and blue eyes that open and close. Her mouth is slightly open, and her lips parted to reveal tiny perfect white teeth. The interior of the mouth is painted a dark red. Her entire body is the same material as her head (bisque?) and the head, arms and legs are jointed.

I have never cleaned the doll, and she has just years of storage grime, but it's not bad. I have hesitated to try cleaning her up for fear of doing it incorrectly and ruining her finish.

If anyone has any information on the maker of this doll, please contact me. Armand Marseille dolls come the closest to resembling her, which is why I listed her here.

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Jan 06, 2010
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Thank you!
by: Erica

Thanks to all who replied that my doll is a Raving Beauty by Artisan. She doesn't have independent walking ability, so I guess she's not a Miss Gadabout.

How do I find clothes for this doll? Or patterns? I'm not very good at figuring out how to search on eBay, and I've come up empty handed so far for more clothes and shoes. I'd like to at least get her a pair of socks since she's currently only wearing one!

And what about repairing her little finger? Is there a warehouse of fingers somewhere? LOL! How do I know if a repair person is reputable?

Thank you so much all of you on this site. You have been so much help! I thought it would take me months to find out.

I remember how proud my grandmother was to buy this doll for me. I had to swear on a stack of bibles that I would take good care of her and I'd always remember how nice Nana was to give it to me! I was the only girl, and I think she wanted to give me something special...Miss Raving Beauty certainly was special and I want to make her shine again!

Thank you for all your help.

Jan 05, 2010
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Cleaning your doll...
by: Ana Myriam

Hi!...A warm hello from Puerto Rico!...There is a great product I bought thru E-Bay called "Tru-Blue" for cleaning antique composition, plastic, porcelain (you name it..) dolls. Try it...its really great...Blessings, Ana

Jan 05, 2010
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your doll
by: elizabethkiwi

Hi there - your doll is all hard plastic, and was made in the 1950s probably in the USA. From what I can see, I think she is a Raving Beauty made by Artisan. A few dolls resemble this mold, however with her clothes off it will be clearer. The Raving Beauty dolls have jointed legs which stand out from the hip slightly, enabling her to walk and sit nicely. Artisan called their walking dolls "Miss Gadabout" and the non walking ones Raving Beauty. If you want to send me a photo of her without her clothes, I can let you know which one she is. Regards Elzabethkiwi
ldtandeft@yahoo.com.au

Jan 05, 2010
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your doll
by: Anonymous

Hi there - your doll is all hard plastic, and was made in the 1950s probably in the USA. From what I can see, I think she is a Raving Beauty made by Artisan. A few dolls resemble this mold, however with her clothes off it will be clearer. The Raving Beauty dolls have jointed legs which stand out from the hip slightly, enabling her to walk and sit nicely. Artisan called their walking dolls "Miss Gadabout" and the non walking ones Raving Beauty. If you want to send me a photo of her without her clothes, I can let you know which one she is. Regards Elzabethkiwi
ldtandeft@yahoo.com.au

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