Gree-Proir Inc.’s Vintage Cloth Dolls

Founded in 1927 in New York City, Eugenia Poir created special cloth dolls under the direction of her partner Alvin Gray. The company was also part of the French Dollmakers. The dolls were originally designed and manufactured in France and mostly measured within 16 to 23.5 inches. However, the company ceased operations in 1935. Dolls were usually made of fabric with press fillets or fabric and cotton bodies. They were also attached to the neck, waist, and shoulder areas, and had a separate protruding front and back of the lower torso. Facial features were painted and there were side glancing eyes.

Another unique feature felt on their dolls was the dotted fillings. The upper lashes were made of real raincoat while the lower lashes were painted. The face on his felt face was like a heart. The upper and lower eyelashes were painted with single stroke eyebrows painted in all the cotton versions. It still had the same side glazing painted eyes but the difference can be seen from its height as the cotton comes in 17 or 18 inches. A seam running back and forth in the center of the doll’s body is another indicator of the gray doll’s version of the cotton doll.

Disc joints of cotton dolls were also found in the neck, waist and shoulder areas. Most of the dolls came with mutton-type hands with some stitching for their fingers. Gray-poir dolls were filled with an accelerator or straw, and their hair could have golden or red wigs. Her hair comes in many styles like curly, bob cut and wavy. The dolls wore three-striped socks on top of some models and were paired with Mary Jane’s shoes.

Most dolls also had cardboard or cloth hang tags labeled “French Doll Makers” with the caption “The French Doll Makers / Doll Name / My Hair Can Be Washed / I Can Dry Clean.” ” Another interesting addition to its doll line was the smoking and musical Baudoir dolls that wore fashionable clothes and stylish accessories.

People who are interested in collecting Gray Poir dolls may need to check the internet and auctions to find these rare collections. These fabrics and felt dolls require special care and perhaps due to its natural fibrous material, it has become one of the most difficult dolls of Gray Poir creations to find today.

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