Beautiful 1983 limited edition Sasha “Kiltie” was the third design in this limited edition series manufactured by Trendon Toy Ltd and distributed by International Playthings. There were only four thousand for all the world and this is #3605. Marked with her individual number and carries a signed certificate and included a small retail brochure I had in file.
Kiltie wears a “Black Watch” tartan woven cotton dress. It is fully lined and petticoated. She has black tights and shoes made of kid leather. With a little pendant around her neck is an amethyst. Her hair is real with eyes that are blue/grey.
If you are a box collector this is in new condition
Sasha’s tanned, healthy looks set her apart from other dolls, a melting pot of nationalities but this just the beginning of her appeal: She is a doll of many moods, by turns pensive and playful- like a real child, depending on the tilt of her head, the way the light caresses her face or the set of her arms and legs.
Sasha’s firm, washable body is soft to the touch but extremely durable. Her asymmetrically proportional limbs are realistically tapered and jointed to move smoothly. Sasha is a completely free-standing doll, too, capable of a remarkable variety of poses- she can stand on her head, even balance a Baby Sasha on her shoulders.
Beginning in the 1940s, Swiss artist Sasha Morgenthaler, a formally trained protégé of painter Paul Klee, chose dollmaking as her favorite medium for expression. A humanitarian married to fellow artist Ernest Morgenthaler, Sasha traveled the world, interacting with children from a wide variety of cultures and races. These kids became the inspiration for her art—20-inch, one-of-a-kind dolls made out of cloth, gypsum, and plastic. Her handmade dolls, which she made until her death in 1975, were sold in Switzerland through her studio and the Heimatwerk shops, and in the United States at Marshall Field & Co. But even the handmade dolls she intended as playthings were just too expensive for most families. Morgenthaler dreamed of producing an affordable doll that would appeal to all children. In the mid-1960s she made that happen with Sasha. Sasha was a 16-inch hard vinyl doll produced by Götz-Puppenfabrik in Germany (1965-1970 and 1995-2001) and Trendon Ltd. in England (1966-1986). These quarter-scale dolls, which were sold all over the world, had distinguishing stylized facial features and realistically proportioned asymmetrical body parts. Their feet were flat, which allowed them to stand on their own. In fact, they were so well-balanced, they could even stand on their heads. The Trendon Sasha dolls could be dressed as girls, boys, or babies and came in three flesh tones, depending on whether the doll had black, brown, or blond hair. The socket head turned, the molded hands had joined fingers but separate thumbs, and the long rooted nylon hair could be brushed into bangs. The German dolls also had similar bodies, rooted hair, and painted eyes and lips, but the painting differed in style. German Sashas had the “Sasha” mark on their backs and necks, whereas the English dolls had no marking. All Sasha dolls were sold with a string tied to a medallion printed with the Sasha logo on their right wrists. Vintage German Sasha dolls are more common in Europe…
Sasha Morgenthaler (1893–1975) was a Swiss artist and dollmaker, best known for the “Sasha doll” produced in Germany and the United Kingdom beginning in the late 1960s. Popular with collectors, Sasha dolls are characterized by their individualism, their realistic expressions, their unique color, and the extreme attention to detail in the manufacture of the dolls as well as their clothes. It is said by Juliette Peers that: “Sasha dolls are renowned for possessing a solid intellectuality.” Morgenthaler created face sculpts for her dolls with subtle expressions, not artificially exaggerated smiles: her concern was that children surviving the horrors of WWII would not relate to such happy dolls in times of terror. It was said of Morgenthaler herself, as a child, that “When she was sad, she did not like her dolls uncompromising smiles. Once she grabbed a nail file and scraped off her doll’s false grin…” In her own words, “No grotesque caricature can awaken a child’s true feelings. A piece of wood, barely carved, is far superior to a conventional doll with an exaggerated smile.” wikipedia