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French brand SNF Doll


French brand SNF Doll


French brand SNF Doll. It has articulated head, arms and legs. The eyes are fixed and glass, vibrant facial coloration, ajar mouth. This doll arrived in my hands in perfect condition only the rubbers have been changed. It measures about 50 cm.

The French brand SNF Doll . A celluloid doll  is marked on the back of the neck (on the head like the body) with the SNF france 50 mark (Société Nobel Française).

SIC and SNF brands

To clarify, The Celluloid Industrial Company was founded in 1887 and was probably one of the first factories to produce dolls. From 1903, it joined SNF (French Nobel Company). Despite the merger, the two companies maintained their respective brands until 1934-1935. The SNF has been using polyethylene since 1958. A best-known models were the François, which is successively branded SIC and SNF. The Jacky doll is also made of polyethylene.

The Celluloid

In the last quarter of the 19th century, celluloid began to compete with traditional materials used in doll making, such as biscuit, wood, paper, and cloth.

Because it was a versatile substance, made from pyroxylin (cellulose nitrates) and camphor, it was an inexpensive material and easy to produce.

It was mostly used extensively for doll making, as well as many household items, until the mid-1950s same Celluloid Agustí Parra Litle Doll, when it was replaced by other plastics.


Celluloid was first developed and used for Hyatt Brothers dolls in New Jersey in the late 1860s. His company registered the name “celluloid” in 1869. Although the product was patented, the word celluloid is used to Often to describe all types of pyroxylin mixtures, regardless of manufacturer.

The manufacturing process of the celluloid dolls in the first place is to place the celluloid substance in its solid state in a two-piece metal mold. The second step was to introduce steam or hot air into the mold under pressure, this softened the celluloid adapting to the shape of the mold until the two halves were joined.

When it cools, it is removed from the mold and the doll is decorated like French brand SNF Doll.


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