This ‘Mickey Mouse’ doll is the third and final iteration in George Borgfeldt’s plush series. Made by Borgfeldt/Nifty Toys (USA) in 1933, Mickey stands approximately 12″ tall, and features exceedingly faded Yellow Velvet Hands, Red Velvet Pants and a Black Velveteen Body – complete with Mother of Pearl Buttons, ‘Pie-Cut’ Oil Cloth Eyes and Sewn Facial Features. Although he is missing his original Rubber Tail, he still shows remnants of his original Foot Stamp.
Girl holding a “Borgfeldt Three” Mickey .
The following ‘2’ period photographs are interesting to see as they show a variation of the 2nd “Borgfeldt Two” (body of the 2nd doll), with a head similar in makeup to this final 3rd doll design. You can see that Borgfeldt tried hard to find a pleasing model for Disney.
Again for the third time, Disney disliked this final creation, which only lasted a short while due to the lesser quality that Disney saw in the doll. Once Borgfeldt’s contract had concluded, Knickerbocker took over mass production of Mickey Mouse dolls in 1934 with Charlotte Clark’s recommended consultation. This particular doll is usually mistaken for being a Charlotte Clark, but more often than not, a Steiff, as it was designed after such to replicate the look, but was manufactured by Borgfeldt to be more affordable.