How to Date a Sasha Doll
Dolls are not just for little girls -- women and men all over the world collect dolls. Since the 1960s, Sasha dolls have been considered a prized possession for many collectors, due in part to the manufacturer's attention to details and the care taken to produce each doll.
Properly dating your Sasha doll gives you an idea of its worth as well as insight into where the doll originated. Sasha dolls have undergone many changes over the years due to the changing of manufacturers, and there are a few signs to look for when properly dating your Sasha doll.
Look at the bottom of the feet. From 1940 until 1975, Sasha dolls were produced by Sasha Morgenthaler. Many of the dolls produced during this time feature Morgenthaler's signature on the bottom of their feet.
Measure the doll. The moulds for Sasha dolls were recast several times throughout the decades. Sasha dolls from the 1960s have wider faces and typically measure 16 inches tall. Sasha dolls from the 1970s measure 17 inches tall, and after 1971 they had narrower faces.
Observe the clothing. While original clothing helps you estimate the doll's manufacturing date, it may not be exact because the same clothing was sometimes used two years in a row. An 1966 English Sasha doll wore blue cord trousers and dress as well as a white vest and blue snap shoes. A 1986 doll wore a pink dress and a hooded blue-velvet wrap.
Look at the eyes, which were painted differently depending on the year and the hair colour. The eyes on redheaded dolls from the 1960s featured darker shadows between the brow and the eyelid while redheaded dolls from the 1980s did not feature darker shadowing between the brow and the lid. Dolls with blonde hair from the 1960s have longer eyebrows and smaller pupils than dolls produced in the 1970s and 1980s.
Check out the skin tone. Non-studio Sasha dolls produced before the year 2000 had a darker skin tone. In 2000, Gotz, the company that produced Sasha dolls at the time, created a "modern" line of Sasha dolls that featured a lighter skin tone.
- Not all dolls are in excellent condition. If you feel that you cannot date the doll due to damage or wear, consider getting the opinion of an antiques dealer.
- Avoid keeping the doll in an enclosed space. Enclosed or sealed places tend to damage the doll.