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The first face of Elise, 1957-63.

Alexander’s Elise is the sometimes overlooked “middle sister” of their family of glamour dolls. Her sweet charm makes her a favorite of many collectors, however, and while she is most often found as a bride or ballerina, her day dresses and evening gowns are worth the search. Many of her outfits match Cissy and Cissette outfits. In 1958, Elise was sold as “Sweet 16″ in the FAO Schwarz catalog.

The second face of Elise, 1962-64.

Body Construction
The first version of her, manufactured from 1957 to 1963, is 16.5″ tall and hard plastic with vinyl arms. She is jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles. She has sleep eyes with brush lashes and a glued-on wig. In 1962, Elise grew to 17″ tall with a vinyl head, although the hard plastic version continued to be produced. In 1962 and ’63, some versions of Elise were made with the pouty Marybel head mold, also in vinyl (see photo below). Elise’s jointed ankles enable her to wear flats, high heels or ballet slippers.

The hard plastic Elise head and body molds were also used for other dolls, including redhead Maggie Mixup in 1961, and Queen Elizabeth II, Scarlett O’Hara and Renoir Portrait in 1963.

Elise disappeared from the catalog in 1965 and returned in 1966 in a redesigned version without the joints at her knees, elbows and ankles. Elise dolls have continued to be produced occasionally throughout the years since.

The third face of Elise, 1962-63.

Markings
Elise is marked “Alexander” on the back of her head, below the hairline, and “Mme. Alexander” on her back.

Clothing
Visit these pages for descriptions and photos of Elise’s clothing:

Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls



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See also: Main Cissy pageFull-length Evening GownsShort Gowns & Ankle-length DressesOne piece DressesDresses with Jackets, Capes or CoatsSeparatesSleepwear & UnderwearOuterwear & Accessory Packs

Note: the number at the end of the description refers to the source where a photo of the outfit may be found. See legend at bottom of page.
For sleepwear, outerwear, underwear and accessory paks, please see the listing by style and color.

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Royalty

White
_2099 (3K) _2099a (3K) #2099 – 1955 – White brocade gown with blue garter sash and star; taffeta hoop petticoat; silver tiara, earrings and bracelets of rhinestones & rubies; long white fingerless gloves. Color in #2 and #7.

#2042 – same as #2099 – 1955

Gold Lace

#? – 1957 – Gown with sheer overskirt with gold thread filigree in a large floral pattern, gold lame half bodice & sleeves; gold lame fingerless gloves; unusual crown. Color in #2

Gold Brocade
#2171 – 1957 – Gold brocade gown with blue sash of the garter and star; gold tiara with jewels; jeweled earrings and bracelets; pearl necklace; long white fingerless gloves; stockings; gold sandals.
Photos courtesy of eBay sellers luving_dolls and your-favorite-doll.

#2281 – 1958 – Gold brocade gown with ruffles for sleeves; blue ribbon sash; large gold tiara with jewels; long white fingerless gloves; pearl necklace; bracelet; ring. Color in #2

Wedding

White Bridal Gowns
#2101 – 1955 – White brocade princess-cut bridal gown decorated with rhinestones and pearls, with cap sleeves; white nylon tulle veil with coronet decorated with flowers, pearls and rhinestones; bridal muff of tulle with flowers; pearl necklace.
Photos courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
#2040 – 1956 – Bridal gown with finely pleated tulle skirt over taffeta, lace bodice, satin sash pulled through loops of pearls; pearl necklace; Medici cap of tulle fastened on either side with flowers, with chapel length veil; bouquet; solitaire ring. Coordinates with bridesmaid’s gown #2030. Color in #2, #7 and #8.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#2170 – 1957 -Nylon tulle bridal gown has satin bodice with lace braid applique; double train of white satin; chapel length veil attached to coronet of flowers; bouquet; long white fingerless gloves; pearl necklace & earrings; solitaire ring. Color in #2, #7 and #8. Note: this stock number was also used in 1959 and 1962 for totally different wedding gowns.

#2280 – 1958 – Tulle bridal gown embroidered with bridal wreath pattern; full length veil of tulle attached with coronet of flowers; bouquet; pearl necklace; earrings and bracelet; solitaire ring. Color in #2 and #7

#2170 – 1959 – Nylon tulle bridal gown with two underskirts, bodice trimmed with vertical rows of lace, sheer puffy sleeves with lace edging; wide satin belt ties in back with streamers to the floor; floor length veil attached to coronet of flowers; bouquet with long streamers; double pearl necklace; pearl earrings; ring. Color in #2 and #7. Note: this stock number was also used in 1962 for a totally different wedding gown.

#? – 1960 – White satin bridal gown has long sleeves, lace trim at neckline sprinkled with beads and sequins, pleated tulle underskirt peeks out below scalloped hemline; full length veil attached to coronet of flowers; pearl necklace and earrings; ring; bouquet of white blossoms. Matching Elise outfit. Color in #7

Beige Wedding Gown

#2170 – 1962 – Beige lace bridal gown with sweetheart neckline, long sleeves, scalloped hem over white pleated tulle underskirt; floor-length veil with crown of flowers; full crinoline petticoat; bouquet; nylon panties; stockings; silver slippers; pearl bracelet; necklace; earrings; solitaire ring. Color in #2 and #8. Note: this stock number was also used in 1959 for a totally different wedding gown.

Blue Bridesmaid’s Gown

#2030 – 1956 – Pale blue long-waisted bridesmaid’s gown has pleated nylon tulle over taffeta skirt, silver threaded net over taffeta bodice, tiny rhinestones at the corner of each cap sleeve; narrow tulle hat with sprig of flowers at each side of head; bouquet; pearl necklace; blue sapphire ring; silver sling-back pumps. Coordinates with bridal gown #2040. Color in #2, #7 and #8

Sources for this page include:

  1. “Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1942-1962, Vol. 1″ published by Barbara Jo McKeon
  2. “Madame Alexander’s Ladies of Fashion” by Marjorie Victoria Sturges Uhl
  3. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls” by Patricia R. Smith
  4. “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls: Second Series” by Patricia R. Smith
  5. “American Dolls From the Post-War Era 1945-1965″ by Florence Theriault
  6. “The Golden Age of American Dolls 1945-1965″ by Cynthia Gaskill

  7. “Cissy: Identification and Price Guide” by A. Glenn Mandeville & Benita Cohen Schwartz
  8. “Madame Alexander Dolls 1948-1965″ by Linda Crowsey

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