Rare doll of Queen as baby, which mum called ‘too chubby’, sells for £930

A rare doll of the Queen as a toddler that was once disapproved of for being “too chubby” by her mother has been sold at auction for £930.

The Princess Elizabeth doll did not receive the royal seal of approval when they were first manufactured in the 1920s due to the Queen Mother's dislike of it.

At the time, they were now even big sellers but toy collectors feel the doll is a rare item today.

Antique specialist Daniel Agnew said: “Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was said not to approve of this doll as she thought it looked too chubby.

"As it didn't receive royal approval, it was not a big seller. It was meant to be complimentary.

“At this stage, we did have quite a lot of infant mortality, and people wanted to have a fuller baby. But the Queen was made aware of it, and she didn’t like it at all."

This week the doll was sold at auction as part of a collection of around 500 dolls that Betty Fox had amassed throughout her life before she died in 2019.

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The doll, produced by German makers Schoenau & Hoffmeister, eclipsed its guide price of £300 to £500, with the entire collection selling for a total of £43,630.

Mr Agnew explained that this doll in particular was rare due to it still carrying the original tags.

He added: “"Most children take it out of the original box and take out the original tag and play with them, but for some reason, it still has its tag."

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The doll was put up for sale as part of the Betty Fox collection, which comprised over 300 lots.

Mrs Fox, who grew up in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, had amassed the impressive stash of prestigious dolls over 60 years before she died aged 95 in 2019.

It was expected that the collection would fetch over £40,000, but it later sold for much with a total of £54,100.

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The dolls were reportedly kept all over her house, including in her “sewing a doll room”, where visitors would come to take in her latest acquisitions.

Her love of dolls was said to have started as a young girl, and she later pursued her impressive collection with great determination.

Experts at Special Auction Services said that the collection consisted mainly of “bisque headed German child and baby dolls with some French examples.”

Among the other highlights were a Kämmer & Reinhardt 101 Marie character sad faced girl doll and a Paris bébé No 10 doll.

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