1940's Norah Wellings "Jolly Boy "
History; During World War Two Norah Wellings made dolls representing characters from the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, which were sold to raise money for the Royal Air Force Comforts Fund. She also made a number of "Jolly Boy", felt sailor figures, which were sold as souvenirs abroad cruise liners.
All her dolls are made of cloth ,felt, plush and velvet. They have hand stitched joints and various types of moulded faces. The faces were hand painted and sealed with a waterproof coating to make them washable.
Our "Jolly Boy", however is missing his little sailor hat ,which would of had the name of the navy ship or ocean liner on the headband. This doll has a really cheeky grin ,which looks like he he has been up to something !!!
His velvet and body parts have faded and discoloured over time ,but he is a part of history that can never be forgotten!
He is 21cm in height ,is unjointed and does not stand. Collectors item only, not suitable for children.