Cissette dolls were fashion dolls manufactured by the Alexander Doll Company during the 1950 and 60s.
The Cissette doll was a smaller and less expensive version of the company’s popular Cissy doll, and was manufactured from 1957 up until 1963. It was sold in a wide variety of outfits, and was rereleased by Alexander in the 1990s.
Cissette dolls were hard plastic dolls with joints at the neck, knees, shoulders and hips. They were available in three different hair colours – blonde, brunette or redhead – each with the same haircut of bangs and a curly flip on each side.
The Cissette mould was also used for a number of other Madame Alexander dolls of the period, including the 1958 Sleeping Beauty doll, Jacqueline and Margot. It was used throughout the 1960s into the 70 for the company’s Portrette dolls, and a modern version of the Cissette doll using the same mould was introduced in the 1990s and is still in production.
Original examples can be dated in a number of ways. Dolls made in 1957 have beige eyelids, whereas 1958 dolls have pale pink eyelids and those made from 1959 onwards are peach-coloured. Any dolls with fingernail polish were made between 1962 and 1963.
How much are Cissette dolls worth?
The most sought after Cissette dolls are the original versions from 1957 – 58. In good condition, with their original outfits, these dolls can sell for between $100 - $300 in some circumstances. Items of original Cissette clothing from the 1950s and early 1960s such as hats, shoes and dresses are also highly sought after by some collectors, and can fetch up to $40 depending on the item and its condition.