Any doll collector can’t say exactly which doll can become popular among vintage dolls. I’m not talking about “eternal”, Minionetta, Minerva, Lenchy dolls and other most famous dolls gods. And sometimes simple souvenir dolls can become so popular.
Quite by accident, as is often the case, I came across a site of fans of various vintage dolls. Forum participants were showing their findings and looking for information. Here I was so surprised that I couldn’t help but share my find with you.
Just recently I wanted to buy a funny doll and looked at it for a long time.
One of the readers put the Doll up for discussion! Her face looked painfully familiar to me) I started reading and opening all the links. These links led me to eBay, and there I saw a whole collection of dolls that looked like my madam. The history club started to unfold slowly and gradually I came to the history of the company that produced these dolls.
So, the story of character dolls.
But to do that, we must go to Catalonia, Barcelona.
KLUMPE dolls company.
Klumpe is one of several companies in Barcelona that from 1952 to 1970s produced cast felt dolls in Spanish costumes for tourism trade in Spain.
However, unlike many tourist dolls, they have a special design.
The felt dolls are formed over a wire, which makes them suitable for use. Most of them are 11 to 12 inches high, with painted facial features and wigs made of yarn or mohair.
The fabrics used for the dolls’ costumes have been chosen quite well, and the small accessories that accompany some of the more complex shapes are detailed, most of which were created for tourists and depict characters in typical Spanish costumes, including everything from matador to urban and provincial types.
The dolls made before the mid-1960s are of better quality than those made later. Dolls with accessories are sold more expensive than those without.
Klumpe and Roldan are two companies that now have fans of collectors.
In recent years, these interesting fabric dolls have attracted an increasing number of fans…
Without a paper label, it is sometimes difficult to know whether your doll is Klumpe, Roldan or another of the 13 similar companies in Barcelona that produced it.
Klumpe was the first. Their dolls were usually created dressed in national Spanish costumes. Their popularity is followed by Roldan, but it is believed that the artist who designed the sketches for Klumpe moved from Klumpe to Roldan, which could explain the similarities between the two brands.
The dolls from Roldan were also produced in Spanish costume, but they were also from the city. It has everything from nuns to travelers and professors, doctors and artists.
Roldan dolls are usually slightly smaller, averaging 9 inches tall, but their accessories are often more complex than those produced for Klumpe dolls. The more V-shaped eyebrows distinguish Klumpe dolls from Roldan dolls, although collectors should also be aware that these two leading manufacturers have imitated a dozen other Spanish toy manufacturers, including Layna and Nistis, so positively identifying an authentic Klumpe or Roldan without labels can be difficult.
Finally, here’s Nistis. The big head, very round eyes and mouth, real small nose and V-shaped eyebrows.
Nistis dolls are now very rare and often mistaken for Klumpe. They are also represented as all sorts of characters. They are slightly different from Klumpe and Roldan souvenir dolls. They rarely have tags on them, which is often mistaken for Klumpe. They’re less common on the market.
Manufacturers of felt dolls were not few at the time, such as Barval and Artesanias Bartolome, although they are not as good as Nistis. I suppose they were all very small factories, even family businesses.
The lines were very different. See the example above. They are always Spanish women, and although they are made with similar technology, their heads and necks are not as organic as the other three dolls.
The neck is wrapped with a thread and the head sits on it as if it were not connected to the body. The whole doll, including the costume, is not as well made as Klumpe and others, but these dolls have their own charm. Lina’s dolls mostly represent the artistic world of dancers, peasant dancers, ballerinas, and showgirls. They resemble dolls made in the 20s and 30s as free gifts in nightclubs.
Another amazing aspect of these dolls is how their bodies are presented. Some are in a dancing position or in the middle of a step. That’s part of why they’re so funny. You just never know what – or who – you’ll find next.
More Spanish vintage souvenir dolls you can see right here.