Madame Alexanders Cissy Dolls
Author: Joyce Boulan
Madame Alexander's Cissy dolls are one of the most sought after in her vast collection of dolls.
1955 was the first year that the Cissy was released, although the face had been used on the walkers of the previous years. The new Cissy was called "A high fashion doll with class." She was 20" to 21", had a figure of a debutante, high heel feet and oversleeved, jointed elbowed arms. She was a walker. Trademark 686,168, Debutante Series (except Queen).
The Cissy doll was used extensively in magazine ads, advertising Yardley of London. These magazine ads from the 1950s are also collector's items.
Also, in the 1950s, Madame Alexander was asked by the British Government to make a doll to represent Queen Elizabeth II. She manufactured a 20" Cissy doll as Queen Elizabeth II, dressed in a court gown of white brocade with a blue garter sash and star. Her tiara, earrings and bracelets are jeweled with rhinestones and rubies and she wears long white gloves. This doll, in excellent condition, can sell for over $1200.00.
Madame Alexander designed a complete wardrobe for Cissy, which included lingerie, street and evening clothes and many accessories. Each year, special dolls were issued wearing complete ensembles. Cissy was manufactured until 1959. From 1959 to 1961, her face was used for portrait dolls. The Madame Alexander Doll Company has re-issued Cissy. However, both the face and body molds have been changed. She is still being made today and still sought after by collectors.
About the author: Joyce Boulan is the owner of a website pertaining to Madame Alexander Dolls, with information on both vintage and modern varieties.
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