This type of doll, representing an older woman, was sometimes sold as a "Mother of the Bride" to complement the many glamorous bride dolls of the late fifties and early sixties. Some collectors refer to this doll as "Mrs. Revlon," but in fact, she was not made by Ideal, and her quality is not up to the standards of their Revlon dolls. She may have been made by Allied or Plastic Molded Arts. Some sources say that Ideal bought the dolls from another company to market along with their Snow Peach Bride Revlon Doll, but this has not yet been confirmed.
This doll's most unusual feature is her hair, which is rooted in black and white to give an overall silver-haired effect. She is 19" tall and her body is made from one piece of poor-quality rigid vinyl. She is jointed only at the neck, and her head is a softer vinyl. She has blue sleep eyes with 8 painted lashes under her left eye and 7 under her right eye. Her lips and fingernails are painted red and she has purple eyeshadow. This same doll was also made as a blonde.
She is marked "14R" on the back of her head and has a raised "A" on her lower back. Both of these markings have been attributed to various companies, making exact identification difficult.
The "Mother of the Bride" is dressed in a fancy calf-length halter-top dress with gold metallic bodice and pink taffeta skirt with pink net overlay. She wears white panties, white plastic shoes, pearl drop earrings and a gray striped faux fur unlined stole. She has pink, blue and yellow fabric flowers in her hair. The blonde version of this doll wears the same outfit with white net overskirt, or in purple and silver.
To add further to the mystery, our lady's box is completely unmarked. It features a design of aqua and white stripes with silver stars. The cover has a clear cello window to show off the doll.
Thanks to Cheryl Williams and Liz Schaefer for help with this page.
Additional sources for this page include:
- "Glamour Dolls of the 1950s & 1960s" by Polly and Pam Judd
- "Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls" by Judith Izen
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