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It may seem like these vintage-looking, arcade-style dolls came from a carnival museum, but they're actually straight from my imagination. Inspired by old-fashioned boardwalk games and a lifetime spent at the shore, I created these Knock-Down Dolls with the likeness of my favorite Asbury Park icon - Tillie.

Made to look lovingly aged, worn and knocked down over decades of time, these dolls are hand made by me using my own personal designs. The front features my version of Tillie in a clown-like style with circus-themed colors. The back showcases illustrations I created from imagery that once graced the sides of the Palace Amusements building in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Each knock-down doll doll is sewn by me, outfitted with crazy faux fur, a band of trim near the base, then finished with vintage metal tacks. Tillie stands tall on a sturdy base made from 1" thick pine, which I have silkscreened with the Knock-Down Doll logo, signed, dated and numbered. Each one is aged using various combinations of tea, coffee, acrylic paints... even dirt! These one-of-a-kind modern throwbacks are the perfect addition to your boardwalk, carnival or circus collection!

This listing is for one seafoam green Knock-Down Doll with illustrated dark green backing and fire-red faux fur in the vintage old style. Doll measures 15"h x 6"w x3.5"d. Additional dolls available in various colors in old or new styles. E-mail me for more information.

Ships USPS Priority within continental US.

©2011 Michelle Renée Bernard

Tillie Old-Style Arcade Knock Down Doll No. 65


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cotton fabric, acrylic paint, faux fur, wood, ribbon, thread, polyfill, tack nails, dirt
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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