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Catalog Number 7010-1023
Title Doll; Bisque; Kewpie
Object Name Doll
Description Bisque Kewpie doll. Jointed arms. Red heart with gold border reads "Kewpie Reg US Pat Off" pasted on front. Round seal on the back. Yellow silk roses with orange ribbon are attached to left shoulder with wire. Blue spots painted on back of shoulders. Face and hair are painted on.
Date 1913, ca.
Material ceramic (bisque), paint, silk, metal, ribbon, paste
Artist O'Neill, Rose
Made O'Neill, Rose
Place of Origin Germany
Makers mark Heart pasted to chest:
KEWPIE REG US PAT OFF

Circle imprinted on back:
GERMANY

Circle pasted on back:
KEWPIE DES. PAT. III.4.1913. GERMANY
REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.
C
Height (in) 3
People Rathburn, Elizabeth (Gaylord)
O'Neill, Rose
History Kewpie dolls were based on cartoon figures that appeared in LADIES' HOME JOURNAL by Rose O'Neill in 1909.

This doll was collected by Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn of Lincoln. Elizabeth was born in Fairmont, Nebraska. She married Howard Martin Rathburn in 1898. Howard was a general manager of Western Supply Company in Lincoln. They had four children: Winthrop, Margaret, Lois and Bette. Rathburn compiled an extensive collection of dolls from around the world, and donated them to the Nebraska State Historical Society in 1948.
Credit line Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn, Lincoln (Lancaster), Nebraska
Collection Rathburn, Elizabeth Gaylord