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Napkin Dolls

These dolls were very popular in the late 1940s and into the early 1960s. They were generally inexpensive and usually purchased at dime stores like Kreiss's and Woolworths. Often only the blanks, unpainted dolls, were purchased and the buyer would paint decorate the dolls herself. The quality ranges significantly from very inexpensive Japanese doll blanks to highly decorated French, German and Italian dolls. The smaller ones, nine or ten inches tall were often used for smaller and cocktail size napkins while the larger sizes for dinner napkins.

They were used as the hostess desired. Often, only one doll with six to eight napkins graced the table or buffet and then occasionally each guest place setting would have its own doll. A very generous hostess might offer her dolls as gifts to her guests.

Today, they are very collectible. While made of porcelain or chalk they are quite breakable and most of those produced have not survived to the present. Depending upon quality, decoration and condition prices can vary from $60 to over $200, but still a very affordable collectible which will probably increase in value as more and more people discover the charm of these napkin dolls.

Unless specifically stated on an individual doll description, they are all in good condition without any cracks, chips or or other damage. Our price include free shipping to anywhere within the USA and an additional charge for anywhere outside the USA.


#1 Yellow Napkin Doll

This well decorated yellow napkin doll is wearing a hat which also serves as a candle holder. She is approximately 10.25 inches tall and is marked on the bottom: "Kreiss Company"

$135.00

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#2 Tall White Napkin Doll

This white doll also features a hat which serves as a candle holder. She is the taller size for dinner napkins and stands approximately 12.5 inches high.

$135.00

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#3 Napkin Doll in Green Dress

This doll in a green dress is marked "Holland Mold" and she stands 10.25 inches tall.

$155.00

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Pair of Hand Painted Napkin Dolls 11G201

This is an identical pair of hand painted napkin dolls from the 1950s. Each one will hold 8 napkins and each is approximately 9 inches tall and has a 4 inche diameter at its base. Both are in very good condition and neither one has any chips, nicks or cracks. They are hand painted originals by Artmark of Japan and each is so marked. Both of the ladies's hats serve as candlestick holders. The price is for the pair.

$165.00

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German Bisque Bathing Beauty Napkin Rings

While these are not specifically in the napkin doll catagory we do believe they are syngeristic enough to be here. They are much older than the 1950s napkin dolls and are from the 1920s. The one piece bathing suit had just made its debut and was being celebrated in many different venues. This is a full set of six napkin rings and each one features a hand painted and identical bathing beauty and each is very finely made of German bisque porcelain without any chips, cracks or nicks. Each is approximately 3.5 inches high, 2.25 inches wide and 1.25 inches deep.

$185.00

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#4 Napkin Doll in Blue & White Dress

This little napkin doll features a blue and white dress and she is holding a basket. She stands about 9.5 inches tall.

$120.00

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#5 Napkin Doll in Pink Dress

This napkin doll features a pink dress and she is holding a basket which could be used for toothpicks, fresh flowers, condiments or whatever you feel appropriate to the occassion. She also is featuring a hat which is also a candle holder. She is marked "Kreiss Company" and stands approximately 10.5 inches tall.

$135.00

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#6 Lippman & Mann Napking Doll

This doll has the Lippman & Mann label and is approximately 9 inches high. It has no crack, nicks or chips and has free shipping anywhere within the USA.

$125.00

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#7 Napkin Doll w/2 Daughters (S&P)

This napkin doll comes with her two daughters (salt & pepper). She stands approximately 10.25 inches high while each daughter is 5 inches tall. While all three are in good condition without any nicks, chips or cracks the mother doll is missing one of her blue rhinestone eyes.

There is free shipping and insurance anywhere withing the USA.

$225.00

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#9 Pink Napkin Doll

This gal is holding a tray (for condiments) on her head and a bird in her hand. She stands about 10.25 inches high and has no nicks, chips or cracks.

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$135.00

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#10 Napkin Girl in Pink Dress

This gal in her pink dress has blue rhinestone eyes and is marked "KREISS COMPANY". Behind her fan is a candle or flower holder. She is in good condition without any nicks, chips or cracks. She stands approximately 10.25 inches tall.

She will shipped free to anywhere within the USA.

$135.00

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#11 Napkin Doll in Pink Dress

This gal has a hat to hold a candle or flowers and is holding a flower basket and she only has a partial label that I can't quite make out. She is in good condition without any cracks, chips or nicks and she stand about 9 inches tall.

She will be shipped free with insurance anywhere within the USA.

$85.00

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#12 Blond Napkin Girl in White Dress

It is somewhat unusual to find a blond napkin doll and here she is wearing a white dress and holding a flower. She is in good condition without any nicks, cracks or chips and stands approximately 10.25 inches tall with a bottom diameter of 7.5 inches.

She comes with free shipping and insurance to anywhere within the USA.

$135.00

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#13 Napkin Doll in Blue Dress

This gal is wearing her favorite blue dress and has a candle or flower holder for a hat. She does have a label inticating she is an Artmark Original. she is in good condition without any nicks, chips or cracks and she is approximately 9.25 inches tall.

She will be shipped free with insurance to anywhere within the USA.

$85.00

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#14 Napkin Girl in Pink Dress

This napkin girl in the pink dress is wearing a candle holder (or flower holder) hat and has pretty rhinestone eyes. She is marked "Kreiss & Company Japan" and stands about 10.5 inches high. She is in good condition without any nicks, chips or cracks.

She will be shipped free with insurance to anywhere within the USA.

$135.00

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#15 Artmark Napkin Girl in Blue Dress

This gal is wearing her favorite blue dress and has a candle holder or flower holder for a hat. She is in good condition without any nicks, chips or cracks. She has an Artmark Original label

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$135.00

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#16 Napkin Girl in Green Dress

This napkin girl in her green dress has a candle (or flower) holder hat and is holding a basket of flowers and a tray with toothpick holes. Her two daughters (salt & pepper) have grown up and left home. She is marked Kreiss & Company and stands approximately 10 inches tall. She is in good condition without any nicks, chips or cracks and still has both of her blue rhinestone eyes.

She will be shipped free with insurance to anywhere within the USA.

$85.00

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#17 Swedish Napkin Dolls set of 4

This is a set of four (4) wooden napkin dolls from Sweden. Each one is hand painted and we think they date to the 1940s-50s. Each doll is approximately 9.5 inches tall.

Your are buying the set of 4 dolls for one money. They come with free shipping and insurance to anywhere within the USA.

$160.00

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