The art of making decorated porcelain ware originated in China more than 1,000 years ago.
From 960 through 1127, during the Song dynasty, emperors established factories to produce porcelain for the royal family.
Their hairstyles help in dating them, as they reflect the way women wore their hair when the dolls were made.In the Heien Period (794-1185), dolls were displayed as talisman to bring good luck or treated as amulets when placed by children’s bedsides to absorb evil spirits and thus protect the kids.In the Edo Period, though, these symbolic figurines became associated with celebrations, were...Old damage to ball of one arm joint (see pic) although mostly hidden by arm itself. Her fine silk gown is quite tatty with age, showing a few tears but still suits her well. Antique British Cloth Old Deans Boy Doll "Tony" - £65.00 Dating to the 1930s/40s, "Tony" is a handsome but well loved Deans Ragbook antique cloth boy doll (no label) with such a cheeky face!! 17 inches in height, Deans "Tony" was also produced in school uniform but outfit does look to be original if not of the era.She also wears large bonnet and pretty knee length slip. Tony is fully jointed with velveteen and cloth body, rubber compound/pressed felt face and auburn mohair wig (untidy with bald areas but would probably comb over better).Dolls have been a part of our lives since prehistoric times.