Nov 252012
Vintage composition Dopey doll by Knickerbocker

Composition Dopey doll by Knickerbocker.
Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

The Knickerbocker Toy Co., founded in 1927, is undoubtedly best known for its Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, which it produced from the early 1960s through the 1980s. The company made many other cloth dolls during its long history, including Disney characters such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, cartoon characters such as Little Lulu, Little Orphan Annie and the Flintstones, and girl dolls with molded faces similar to the ones produced by Georgene and Mollye. The company also produced some wonderful composition dolls including the characters from the comic strip Blondie, Disney’s Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Holly Hobbie was a big seller for Knickerbocker in the 1970s, in both cloth and vinyl versions. Knickerbocker was bought out by Hasbro in 1983, but they continued to produce dolls under the Knickerbocker name, including the wonderful line of Magic Attic vinyl play dolls designed by Robert Tonner in the 1990s. In 2001, Marie Osmond and her husband purchased Knickerbocker and changed its name to Marian LLC. That company later became part of Charisma Brands.

This is a very partial list. Click on a small photo to see a larger version.

Composition Grumpy doll by Knickerbocker Composition Snow White doll by Knickerbocker Knickerbocker’s Snow White doll is all composition, with molded black hair. Her satin dress has a velveteen bodice. The 7 Dwarfs are dressed in velveteen outfits, and have mohair beards. Photos courtesy of Lisa Hanson. Check out her eBay listings.

Composition Pinocchio doll by Knickerbocker Composition Pinocchio doll by Knickerbocker Pinocchio‘s composition arms and legs are molded to look like jointed wood. Photos courtesy of Lisa Hanson. Check out her eBay listings.

Cloth 7 Dwarfs dolls by Knickerbocker The cloth versions of the 7 Dwarfs have velveteen outfits that are part of their bodies, and molded mask faces. The doll on the left may have a replaced beard. Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

1964 Raggedy Andy by Knickerbocker 1964 Raggedy Andy by Knickerbocker 1964 Raggedy Ann by Knickerbocker 1964 Raggedy Ann by Knickerbocker Knickerbocker began producing Raggedy Ann and Andy in 1963. This pair dates to 1964. Photos courtesy of Lisa Hanson. Check out her eBay listings.
Bedtime Raggedy Andy by Knickerbocker Bedtime Raggedy Ann by Knickerbocker Bedtime Raggedy Ann and Andy wear flannel pjs and nightie instead of their usual outfits. Their printed eyes are safer for babies. They were made starting in 1979. Photos courtesy of Paul Muhlbach. Check out his eBay listings.

Beloved Belindy doll by Knickerbocker Beloved Belindy is another character from the Raggedy Ann stories. The Knickerbocker version doesn’t resemble Johnny Gruelle’s original illustrations very much though. Photo courtesy of Paul Muhlbach. Check out his eBay listings.

Nancy cloth doll by Knickerbocker Nancy cloth doll by Knickerbocker In 1973, Knickerbocker made a series of miniature rag dolls of cartoon characters, including Nancy and Sluggo. Photos courtesy of Sandy Blaine. Check out her eBay listings.
Miniature Fred Flintstone rag doll by Knickerbocker Miniature Pebbles Flintstone rag doll by Knickerbocker Flintstones characters Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm were also part of the Miniature rag dolls series. Photos courtesy of Dennis Mah. Check out his eBay listings.

Floppy Sox doll by Knickerbocker The Floppy Sox dolls from 1974 are made to look like homemade sock dolls. There was a boy and girl doll made.

Holly Hobbie's friend Heather by Knickerbocker Holly Hobbie's friend Heather by Knickerbocker Holly Hobbie rag dolls by Knickerbocker Holly Hobbie and her friends were made in several sizes in the mid-70s. Vinyl versions were made too. Photos courtesy of Sandy Blaine. Check out her eBay listings.
Cowpokes dolls by Knickerbocker The Cowpokes dolls, copyrighted 1981, are a cute Western-themed boy and girl. Read more on the Cowpokes page.

Star Trek Captain Kirk cloth doll by Knickerbocker Star Trek Mr. Spock doll by Knickerbocker Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock from Star Trek were made in 1979, with vinyl heads and cloth bodies. No other characters from the series were made. Photos courtesy of King Auctions. Check out their eBay listings.

Vinyl Snoopy doll by Knickerbocker Vinyl Snoopy doll by Knickerbocker Peanuts character Snoopy and his sister Belle were made as 8″ all vinyl fashion dolls in the early ’80s, with extra outfits available. Snoopy was always accompanied by his little sidekick, Woodstock. Photos courtesy of Dennis Mah. Check out his eBay listings.
Vinyl Snoopy doll by Knickerbocker Vinyl Snoopy doll by Knickerbocker The 5″ vinyl version of Snoopy (with Woodstock) has Astronaut, Chef and Sport playsets. Photos courtesy of Sandy Blaine. Check out her eBay listings.

Moppets Missy doll by Knickerbocker Baby Moppets Sugar Cones dolls by Knickerbocker Missy, Mindy and Mandy are the Moppets – small, all-vinyl dolls produced by Knickerbocker in 1981. All-vinyl Baby Moppets were made as well. The Sugar Cone Baby Moppets have vinyl heads and cloth bodies.
Photos courtesy of Dennis Mah. Check out his eBay listings.

Dolly Pops by Knickerbocker Dolly Pops from the late ’70s – early ’80s are one piece plastic dolls with rooted hair. The dolls “pop” in and out of their playsets, and their one-piece plastic outfits “pop” on and off. Photos courtesy of Dennis Mah. Check out his eBay listings.

Annie Rag Doll by Knickerbocker World of Annie vinyl dolls by Knickerbocker Knickerbocker made Annie dolls as a tie-in to the 1982 movie starring Aileen Quinn as Annie and Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks. Cloth and vinyl versions of Annie were made in multiple sizes; other characters from the film were made about 6″ tall in vinyl, and as 2.75″ miniatures.

Copyright 2006-2012 by Zendelle Bouchard

  22 Responses to “Dolls by Knickerbocker Toy Company”

  1. I work for an auctioneer in Indiana and we are selling a 7′ (yes it is) Raggedy Andy with a Knickerbocker tag on it dated 1971. I cannot find a comparable. It was purchased from a store in Richmond, IN and I assume a display unit. It is stuffed and just like a small doll. Could you let me know how many were made and a possible value.

    • Cathie, the book I have (Raggedy Ann & Andy Family Album) shows a 78″ Raggedy Ann and Andy by Knickerbocker, but the author just says they were probably made for a store display, with no other info. The Raggedy Ann & Andy Museum is closed, but their website is still up, so you might try emailing them. As you know from the auction business, the only way to establish a value for something is by looking at sold examples – impossible with such a rare item. Please reply with info on when and where the auction will be held. Will you accept online or phone bids? They key to getting a good price for him is getting the word out – Raggedy collectors are all over the world. Good luck with your auction!

      • I have a Knickerbocker Rag Ann doll that is aprox. 7 foot tall. When I hold her up in a door way she is as tall as a door frame. She has a tag on her apron.Missng only her pantaloons. If you have any information on her I would be grateful. I Bought her at a second hand store for $5.00. about 13 years ago. See attachments that follow.

        • Tammy, see the previous comment, also about an extra large Raggedy Ann. I didn’t hear back from the auction person so I don’t know any more than I did then.

  2. I have a question
    I have a 30-32 inch old raggedy ann double side print doll
    hearts on both sides and a face under the hair
    im trying to find her value
    thanks Brenda

    • Brenda, the only double sided Raggedies I’m familiar with are the awake/asleep ones. Is this what yours is? I have never heard of one so large. Or do you mean that they accidentally used two fronts instead of a front and a back?

      • Hi. Thanks So much for your reply
        Is there any way to send pics to you?
        Yes she is mine but I’m wanting to get the correct info on her
        I’m keeping my little 16 in Raggedy Ann but am interested in selling this dolly to some one who collects rare ones
        yes I believe it is 2 front panel s. The heart & face are on the back too! The eyes under the hair are missing the buttons the little white spots show where they should be out. But never were…She is a oddity for sure
        Thanks again for the email
        warmest wishes Brenda

        • Brenda, if you could post photos on my Facebook page that would be best – then others could see them. Keep in mind that doll collectors are not like stamp and coin collectors. A variation might make a doll more valuable, but a manufacturing mistake usually doesn’t. Probably the best way to test that out would be to list her on eBay. You can set whatever price you want and accept offers.

  3. I have a KTC, four inch, bisque, boy baby doll, with hand painted face. He is wearing a cloth diaper. He is really cute, but I can’t find any reference to this doll. KTC is mostly about cloth dolls.

  4. I have a very sweet hard plastic Knickerbocker baby doll that I am trying to get more information about. She is 17 inches tall and is a walking doll that still say’s Moma when I turn her over. My best estimation is she’s a mid to late 1950’s doll…. On her back is says Knickerbocker Plastic Co.No. Hollywood Calif. Doll is in Mint condition…. Does anyone have any idea about who this doll is or how old she may actually be?

    • Vickie, I think the Knickerbocker Toy Co., which made Raggedy Anns and other cloth dolls, is a different company from Knickerbocker Plastic Company, the maker of your doll. Most of the Knickerbocker Plastic dolls were small – less than 8″ tall. The larger ones like yours are harder to find. They are certainly from the 1950s, but my guess would be early to mid ’50s. Sorry I have no other information.

  5. I have all seven of the 1937 composition dwarfts. All in great condition. Any idea their worth?

    • Lisa, a set of the 7 Dwarfs plus Snow White, mint in their original boxes, sold recently on eBay for $800. Prices for individual dwarfs in excellent condition (no box), seem to range about $100 to $125 apiece.

  6. I have a stuffed dumbo plush doll with windup music in his stomach. Wondering if it has any value. Dumbo is all grey with red top but the top is not removable. I got the doll when I was a kid- so late 70’s. I was wondering if it’s worth anything. If so, I would get the wind up music box fixed.

    • Maddy, sorry but I don’t know anything about Disney plush animals. You probably would do better contacting a Disney dealer or online group. Try searching Yahoo for Disney collector groups.

  7. I have a Laura Ingalls doll from the 1980’s- she is 12″ – plastic head and cloth body with a green dress and over dress. Can’t find anything on her. The tag has Knickerbocker tag (copyright 1978)

    • Hi Dee, if you looking for values, leave off the “Ingalls” when you search. They are just called Laura or Little House on the Prairie dolls. There was a Carrie doll made as well.

  8. Hi,

    I have an older Popeye doll that i believe it to be a Knickerbocker model. I have not been able to find any information resembling the model I have. The model i have is a fully rigid model made entirely of material. No plastic. Could you provide me with some references so that i may investigate the item further.


    • The book “Composition and Wood Dolls and Toys” by Michele Karl shows photos of several different early Popeye dolls made of those materials. That would be a good place for you to start.

  9. Zendelle,
    I have a Holly Hobbie gazebo with the original box and the accessories. I’ve been on e-bay, but none listed have the original box; some have no doll & acess., others have extra dolls. Do you have any idea what this piece is worth and where I might find a buyer other then ebay?

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