Monday, May 18, 2009

Black Magic Skin Doll


16" Unusual vintage black vinyl doll, with brown sleep eyes, full inset lashes, molded, painted hair, done in a ponytail, and attached red hair bow. She is all original, dressed in her yellow print cotton shirtwaist, and red vinyl shoes. Her head is vinyl, her body is "magic skin" that has not deteriorated! She is unmarked, and has no wrist tag, but she is in her original pink and white box marked # 1927. Probably made by Horsman. Circa 1959

Posted by Hattons Gallery of Dolls, Selling quality antique and fine vintage dolls


This was another one of those crazy moments, walking into Goodwill and spying a shopper to my left, talking on her cell, and turning this beautiful doll over and over. Will she be distracted and put it back? No such luck, drats, why does that always work with everything else!?

Surely, I'd at least deserve a closer look, OHHH! How I don't like missing something by that much! A smidgen. Following her would only make me look stalkerish, and she is still talking on the phone.......

I want to say at this point, I thought the dress on this doll was not original, but I've since changed my mind. The only information I could find on her was the ad shown above. This dress is one piece, I suspect her shoes were hot pink to match, she wore simple socks. It might be difficult to find hot pink shoes but maybe with EBay, I'll have some luck. My doll has no rips in her skin, she does have this hole in the back of her neck, I thought it was for a pull string that broke, but it is apparently for ventilation. She is stuffed with something so soft, I can't even describe it. She will slowly return to her shape after being squeezed in the tummy. I believe this hole makes this possible.Back to the cell phone talking lady, Well...we found ourselves at the hard goods, she still on the phone, me pretending to shop. Much to my amazement she ended her conversation and double checked this baby doll, put it in the seat of her cart two times.....digging her glasses out of her purse, checking the neck....(no marks)...and just when I was going to give up, she slams it down on a top shelf and quickly walks off. The poor guy looking at the stationary made a slight move towards my doll, I a-u-t-o-m-a-t-i-c-l-y reached across his face and grab this lovely beauty. 'Sorry', I said.

Okay, she was $12.99, a bit more than what I usually pay but.....I knew, Horseman? The oldest doll maker, I can spot one from across a gym!

The Horseman site has a listing of all dolls made by the company, the site claims if it is unmarked it is not "Horseman". It also states many parts, heads and molds were made for other companies.

I believe that's what this little lady is about, C&G Design


tina said...

Lucky you that she put it down. I sometimes have that happen to me or I go back for something and it is gone:(

Jillian said...

This was an interesting post...I am only familiar withsome types of dolls and I like to learn more. Great Goodwill story!!

Kathleen said...

The Good will Stalker strikes again! Great deal, and a very interesting doll. You are a savy shopper. I guess you know all my plants will be coming inside again tonight. Oh dear! Hugs, Kathleen

Jean said...

Oh you devil!!!

DP Nguyen said...

What a cute doll!

lola said...

Way to go Dawn. Sometimes we must charge in there to get before someone else gets. Great looking little lady you have there.

Skeeter said...

What a funny story! Dawn the Stalker... lol