RJW Golliwoggs

The "Golliwogg" made his first literary appearance in 1895 in a series of Children's books by Florence K. Upton. The enormous critical and commercial success of these books established the Golliwogg's reputation in the world of playthings. The Golliwogg's likeness was made in doll form along with a profusion of related merchandise. Store-fronts were filled with everything Golliwogg! The Golliwogg soon established itself as the most popular doll of its time and along with the Teddy Bear became a cherished part of British childhood.

The earliest commercially made Golliwoggs were manufactured by the Margarite Steiff Company in Giengen, Germany between 1908 and 1916. Few examples have survived and they are avidly sought after by Steiff and Golli collectors. Other companies to produce Golliwoggs were Chad Valley, Dean's Rag Doll, and the Alliance Toy Company of England.

In 1996 R. John Wright added an exciting new chapter to the history of the Golliwogg by choosing the character as the first and second editions of the newly-formed R. John Wright Collector Club. Miss Golli [pictured with the Golliwogg in the photo above] was released in 1997. Constructed entirely of the finest imported 100% wool felt and featuring a mohair wig, Miss Golli stands 11" tall and is five-way jointed for posability. Hand painted eyes, an applied felt mouth, and separately sewn fingers on the hands are among her fine details. She is costumed in the height of Golli fashion! Her charming outfit includes an empire-style dress with indivually applied felt polka dots, custom-made hand-cobbled leather slippers, and a fetching felt bonnet and purse. Female Golliwoggs are always in extremely short supply and Miss Golli is no exception. There were only 849 Miss Golli produced.

Each Miss Golli came beautifully boxed in the R. John Wright tradition with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and forms for owner registration.

DIRECT PURCHASE: The Miss Golli offered here is the last remaining example available for purchase from the R. John Wright Archives! Miss Golli is number 0027 in the limited edition and is in pristine as-new condition. The purchase price of $850.00 includes shipping & insurance in the domestic United States. [For overseas shipping rates, please contact the RJW office.]

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