Doll Detective Mailbag: Canadian Dolls

This week I received a request from Charles who has been given the task of selling three dolls from a relative’s estate. Charles wanted to know a bit more about the dolls to help with the sale.

Two of them I learned a bit about but the third one has eluded me so far so I am hoping that Naomi will take a shot at it but if any of you out there can add anything as always I would be delighted to learn more as would Charles.

If you would be interested in purchasing any of these dolls you can contact Charles directly at to discuss a price.

The first doll is made by Regal and is a really cute Inuit doll which I believe was made in the 1970’s. She is 18 inches tall and NRFB.  Regal has made a few different Inuit dolls but this is the only one I have seen with pursed lips.


Next we have a pair of hand painted porcelain clown dolls also NRFB. These guys were originally sold at Zellers which I understand went out of business some years ago.  As far as I can tell they are circa 1990’s. I think the larger clown is 12 inches and the smaller 6 inches.

This last one is a 16 inch doll who is also NRFB but with a damaged box. Despite the excellent photos Charles has provided me I have not managed to ID this girl yet. She looks to be vinyl with painted eyes and her box says “Collectibles par Reliable” so I am thinking that she was probably made by Reliable. I must say that although she does not look like a Shirley Temple her smile reminds me a little of the Ideal Shirley’s look.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these pretty dolls. I know that a lot of Canadians check out this blog so I am hoping that there will be someone out there who can add a bit more information to this piece. As I mentioned previously you can contact Charles on the email address above if you are interested in buying one or more of them.



  1. Re: Charles’s doll-The 3rd doll is definitely by Reliable, made around 1983/84, during the company’s last production years. There is a doll called “Gloria” with the same face and hair in the book “Dolls of Canada” by Evelyn Strahlendorf.

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