... faked of course, a bit of a challenge on a summer day in Central Europe with everything determinedly green and florid. 20cm (8") doll by Rønnaug Petterssen (1901-1979), with an old mohair polar bear. She came to me covered in a thick (and slightly smelly) coat of ancient dust. A careful but thorough brushing with a clean small paintbrush took the dust off in clouds and revealed the faded colours of her once vibrant felt Sami outfit. Rønnaug Petterssen's smaller dolls are a sort of Scandinavian distant cousin (many times removed) of the Grecons, with a padded wire armature. They were first produced in the late 1930s, and then after the War up to the late 1970s. The early dolls have felt faces, later some dolls had celluloid faces. This girl's face looks like fine felt but sounds like thin celluloid when tapped gently with a fingernail. She still has her original blue and silver paper label sewn on to the back of her skirt. ----
Since first posting this picture, I contacted Rønnaug Petterssen's daughter, who has written a very interesting book about her mother's dolls, and she has been able to help me date this girl. She was probably made in the mid to late 1950s, and her head is made of pressed felt sized with a glue solution.