Vintage Half doll China Bisque Pin Cushion Lady (Orange/Blue)
Vintage Half Doll China Bisque Pin Cushion Lady (Orange/ Blue), wearing an orange dress with pale blue trim and sporting a pompadour hairstyle. She is marked as ‘foreign’.
Height: 6.5 cm
Weight: 20 grammes unpacked
She is in good used condition with no cracks, chips or restoration.
Pincushion dolls are not really dolls and often were not even pin cushions! Some collectors use the term “half-doll.” The top half of each doll was made of porcelain.
The edge of the half-doll was made with several small holes for thread, and the doll was stitched to a fabric body with a voluminous skirt. The finished figure was used to cover a hot pot of tea, powder box, pincushion, broom, or lamp.
They were made in sizes from less than an inch to over 9 inches high. Pin cushion dolls were often hand-painted. Most date from the early 1900s to the 1950s. Collectors often find just the porcelain doll without the fabric skirt.