Vintage Composition Nun Doll

You can click on an image to enlarge it.

Description of Doll for Sale

This is a nice example of a vintage composition doll dressed in a Nun's habit.  The Nuns habit is an detailed depiction of the habit of the Dominican Sisters of Mary.  The doll dates from the 1920's to 1930's and is 11 inches tall. It is likely the habit is from the same date.  Having gone to Catholic school in the era when nuns still wore formal habits I can state that this is an accurate depiction of a nuns habit.  It is likely this doll was made by a sister of the order and may have been made to raise finds for the order. There are also many examples where nuns of an order made and displayed dolls with examples of their habit and exchanged dolls with other orders so as to have a collection of different habits worn by different orders.

There is a cardboard tag riveted to the slip with "Mary" marked on it.  I am not sure if this is the name of the nun who made the doll or an indication of the sect within the Dominican Sisters order.  The doll is also wearing a very well made rosary with the initials M J on it. 


There is a heavy cardboard tag riveted to the slip with Mary marked on it.  See slide show. 

Condition of Doll for Sale


The head and body has its original finish with no chips, crazing, repairs or repaint. There is a crack in the composition finish under her nose and lips.  The vintage clothes are in good shape with no foxing, stains, rips or repairs. (see pictures). You can click the pictures to see close-ups of the condition.

This is an antique doll that will have some wear and imperfections expected in an antique or vintage doll.  I make every effort to describe all significant flaws in my descriptions and show them in the pictures.  Please read the description fully and examine all the pictures to be sure you understand the condition of the doll.  The pictures can be enlarged to show the doll in great detail.  If you have any questions or would like any additional information on this doll please email me and I will be glad to answer your question.  California residents are responsible for California Sales tax in addition to the purchase price shown.

Ask a Question

Availability: In Stock

Cost Price: $90.00 Shipping & Insurance: $14.00 Dollnum: #320

go back to dolls for sale

Purchase Information

I accept credit cards, debit cards and PayPal. My credit card processing is done by PayPal Services but you do not need a PayPal account to purchase with a credit card. Click the "Buy Now" button above to complete your purchase. 

Terms and Shipping

The shipping charge includes packaging, insurance and tracking information.  Dolls over $500 will require a signature when they are delivered. I sell and ship only to the continental US (no Alaska and Hawaii).  I often ship by UPS so the shipment must be to an address (no P.O. boxes).

All items are guaranteed to be as described on this page regarding condition, attribution and attire. If you purchase something from me and feel it is not as represented on this page please contact me by phone, email or postmarked letter within three days of receiving the item and I will gladly refund your full payment excluding shipping fees.  To get a refund the item must be returned in it's original condition and with all garments and accessories. If you do not contact me within three days of receiving the item, it is understood by both the buyer and the seller that the item is as described and a return privilege is no longer available.