Grannykins by Royal




So it may come as no surprise to anyone that has seen my doll collection that I tend to prefer buying ‘fixer-upper-dolls” instead of pristine, NRFB (never-removed-from-box) dolls.  It’s the satisfaction of fixing something up.  Well, I don’t have any before pictures of this Grannykins, so you’ll have to take my word for it.   She was not so nice when she first arrived.  She’s feeling much better now, thank you very much.  She reminds me a bit of the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey….

Cocktails, anyone?

Cocktails, anyone?

Grannykins was made by Royal in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s.  Many of her original outfits are quite elegant, so this Granny was no country bumpkin.  I found this poem for her, from her original box (which, incidentally, I do not have):

“With bouncing curl and flirting eye
With laughing love and spirits high
She rules the world with an iron hand
In a way only Granny can understand
For Granny’s girl is her special love
A treasure sent from heaven above
A breath of Spring on a winter’s day
To gladden the heart as sadness melts away
And so tied in Spirit, the young and near old
Cast a vision of pure joy for us to behold
We pray the Lord grant them many a day
To love and be loved in their own special way
For each little girl and her Granny so dear
We’ve molded with pride the doll shown here
As a symbol of love to have and to hold
An image of Granny quite young, though near old.”

She’s pretty cool, don’t you think?  At about 20 inches, she’s a perfect chaperone for a host of other vintage high-heeled fashion dolls.




13 thoughts on “Grannykins by Royal

  1. You did a lovely job on her! I have never seen one of these before, so this is a treat. I love your comparison to the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey! My favorite show! :o)

  2. Hello Matilda I have a grannykins-a royaldoll on the neck. She needs your special touch to bring her back to her formal glory. I can send pictures if you are interested in buying her. She has original earrings eyeglass marked made in France not sure if those were orginal but they were in her when I bought her. Long pink formal dress, petticoat, net hoop, stockings, lucite glitter heels lace up, garder for thigh, net for hair most in good shape some fair shape.

  3. can you help me do something with my lonely lisa’s hair. during storage (I am 58) her hair went kinky and frizzy.. otherwise she is in great condition, she need a good hair person. you seem to know hair. is there anything? I tried shampoos but it didn’t work…

    • You could try giving her hair a rinse with fabric softener (good old fashioned Downy), then comb it out and let it air dry. Sometimes there isn’t much you can do when the hair is brittle, but being gentle and using fabric softener might work for you. Good luck!

  4. I have a Grannykins named Karen (I believe) that was my Grandmothers. Her shoes and hose have fallen apart. I stupidly took her champagne colored gown apart to make new outfits and can’t get it right now. Where can I get original replacement outfits?

    • She could probably fit many of the other fashion doll clothes for dolls of that height from that time period. I’d start looking on eBay if you want an outfit ready to go, or check out the vintage patterns if you’d like to make her outfits yourself. Good luck!

      • I have recently acquired a Grannykins to set sell for charity, but I can’t find a site with pictures and prices in order to determine a price range. Any ideas? Or is the a site for selling dolls? Alice

      • Hi Alice, thank you for stopping by here. I think that eBay is probably a good place to look for realistic prices for most dolls like this. That said, Grannykins doesn’t show up a lot, so I wasn’t able to find any completed listings with a sale price for one. Grannykins is a really unique doll and it takes just the right buyer to appreciate her. I just saw one on that auction site and she has a Buy It Now price of $66.50. Whether or not someone purchases her for that price is another story. In any event, I hope this helps you. Best of luck!

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