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Dolls that will reveal another doll head  when flipped over is called a Topsy-Turvy doll or a reversible doll. This type of doll appears to be complete with a face, and a full skirt covering the imagined legs.  However, when the doll is turned over onto its head, the skirt falls away to reveal a surprise  The skirt is not covering legs, but rather another complete doll hidden away. 


The dolls were made of various material from cloth to fine bisque and in all sizes. Usually the "dual" doll heads shared the same material and size but the expressions, and style of the dolls would be different.  


For example "A Topsy-turvy doll with black china shoulder head on one end, a bisque white sholder head on the other that dates back to 1870." is featured in Myla Perkins, Black Dolls Book II An Identification and Value Guide, page 7  In the same book,page 9, Perkins also pictures a  Topsy-turvy which she describes " with an embossed pressed paper faces, very unusual, 1890's, Straw stuffed body." Perkins points out that neither sides of this doll had arms, and are unmarked.

Another example can be found in the Collector's Encyclopedia of Dolls, by Colman, page 619, the most popular( Topsy-turvy's) were probable the rag dolls with one head white and the other Negro by Albert Bruckner's 1901 patent date.


Modern Topsy-turvys can still be found today.  


Reference Material:


The Collector's Encyclopedia of Dolls. By Dorothy S. ,and Elizabeth A., and Evelyn J. Coleman. Crown Publishers 1968,New York. Page 619 ( Topsy Turvy) Vol.1


Black Dolls Book II An Identification and Value Guide by Myla Perkins. Collectors Books, Paducah, Kentucky. Page 7 & 9.


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