Rushton toys & dolls
The Rushton Company was founded by Mary Rushton, a native Atlantan. Her daughter, Wight Rushton, designed the toys. It was a family owned and operated business from 1917 to 1983.
The At-Play toys were one of the most collectible lines produced by Rushton. The toys are made of the finest rayon & plush material, stuffed with clean top grade cotton, eyes were sewed in and did not pull out, and had hand embroidered noses, felt tongues & large satin bows.
Rushton's Star Creation toy line were hand painted, rubber faced animals and dolls. They were made from the 1950's - 1960's. It was one of their most popular toy lines.
Brenda - August 18, 2014
I have two puppy dolls with rubber faces. They have yellow ears and tail and the body was a cinnamon color. There was also a squeak in the tail. They have a silly, goofy smile on their faces and the mouth is open. There is also two front teeth that are prominent. I think they may be Rushton toys but I don't know for sure. If anyone can give me more information I would appreciate it. I got them both around the late 1650s to early 1960s. They are not for sale.
Scott Tupper - July 21, 2014
I have a one that appears to be a one eye winking owldoes anyone know the age of this rubber face owl?
Maybe there is some info to be found in the listings right now on eBay: Rushton owls.
- June 11, 2014
I am interested in buying about five or six of these little guys formy collection. I had a lot of them as a little girl. I live in Kirkwood, Mo.
If someone knows something, leave a message on this board and I'll forward it.
Shelley Cole - June 10, 2014
I have a Rushton vintage Doll...Man looks Italian w a mohair Monkey and a paper pump organ w felt clothes,etc...cant find him anywhere...??? What is he...?
Janiece - May 4, 2014
Yesterday I came across a stuffed rooster whose rubber face resembles a Rushton rubber face. There is no tag to indicate the maker. He stands 16" to the top of his head and to the top of his red felt comb is approximately 18 inches. He's sporting a monocle, has a red and yellow vest with red felt buttons. The buttons have a jewel in the center. His "feathers" appear to be a mottled (sort of tie dyed look) yellow and greenish/blueish.Does this fellow ring any bells? Also, I have looked for information on Rushton Toys and don't find much. Is there a book you know of? Thank you for this website and forum which is helping in my research!
Joann - April 17, 2014
I have a Rushton rubber face doll. It is a hobo with a cigar in his mouth. He has felt hands and felt shoes. Can you tell me approx. how old he is? I can not find a date stamped on him anywhere. Thank you very much.
Chival - April 16, 2014
Big fan of Rushtons here!My collection sports Rushtons, My-Toy, Columbia, Bijou, Ideal, Knickrbocker. Most of my drawings are vintage toy themed.I frequently post pictures of Rushtons and other rubber/vinyl faced stuffed animals and toys to my Tumblr.http://chival.tumblr.com Anybody else have blogs or pictures of their collections up?We should get a convention together of Rushton lovers.^^
Ms. D. - March 30, 2014
I have a large (18 in. tall)Rushton Star Creations Bear. It has the rubber face with closed eyes,tears and it is smiling. The tummy/inner ears are white the rest is a medium brown. Am looking to sell it, my kids are actually creeped out by it. Also have a Monkey I believe to be Rushton but the tag is long gone. It has a rubber smiling face, ears, hands and sneakers. The "hair" is close cropped/dark. It is yellow on the top with black pants.
Best place to sell is eBay I guess :-)
Dee Dee - February 18, 2014
After serious cleaning in my basement/storage room, as I was going through all my plastic containers of vintage and new items, I came across this enchanting cute bunny Holland doll. She has a smiling face of a bunny with ears, and is wearing her Holland cap and wooden shoes (which are in a hard rubber), however, still the Holland era. She is in pristine condition. Her sweet apron skirt is intact, however, throughout the years have been replaced with a safety pin, since the button or snap was removed or lost. Her hat adorns a white see-through netting which has holes for her ears which are still intact. Only the sides of the cap have safety pins to keep it from being hastily removed. She has all her original clothing, and her sweet smiling face is ever so captivating. I can't seem to locate anyone who knows of this doll in any fashion; age, location, etc. Can anyone assist me? From her ears down to her feet she is close to 22" in length. I have photo's that I can send if anyone is interested. I'm downsizing, and I'm planning to list her on various auction sites, but I would like to get an idea on what she's selling for. Thank You.
Vicki - January 29, 2014
Looking for a vintage pink rushton rubber face bear with tears. I had it as a child, carried it everywhere. ( I have a picture of me holding it with my grandmother over 50 years ago)I gave it to my daughter. she brought it to college and lost it on the move back home. I see 9 inch bears on ebay. But remember "Pinky' as being bigger.Were there larger ones'bigger than 9 inches? Where can one purchase it?
Maybe it wasn't a Rushton? Can you estimate the length of the bear from your picture? If you don't mind I love such a picture for my page.
Kimberly Harvey - January 11, 2014
I have a Rushton Coke Santa also and am looking for the little bottle as well. He was a gift for my very first Christmas in 1966. Although I'd managed to keep his bottle for many years, it did finally become lost in a move I made some years back. I'm on a quest to find him a replacement. Any help you have would be much appreciated.
If you click the link in the previous message, you'll find a few bottles which are for sale right now on eBay. Or try the restoration shops I have listed on my links page.
John Smith - December 27, 2013
I am looking for the little coke cola bottle for a 1960s Coke Cola Santa. Also need the neck collar and belt. Are these pieces available? Thanks
Don't know about the collar and belt, but I saw some bottles when I searched for (link): rushton santa cola.
Amy - December 19, 2013
I found a Rushton reindeer and am looking for information and value of this really cute deer.
Did you try and find yours on eBay to see what sellers ask? Usually the best way to determine the value.
Childhood Doll - December 5, 2013
I've been googling for YEARS and kept coming up with NOTHING. FINALLY I have a manufacturer's name to go with my cherished childhood doll: Rushton! She was a hand me down from my next door neighbor, given to me in 1966. She was my constant companion for years, got lost at a motel in NJ and was MAILED BACK to me in a shoebox, safe and sound, she even went to college with me. I still have her. Can I send/post a pic of her? She had freckles and red 'hair' and painted blue eyes glancing sideways with a cheeky grin on a rubber face, her body was cloth - she wore orange solid color overalls and her arms were white with orange polka dots.
Nice story, thanks for sharing :-) you can post a pic to the email address on my links page.
Angel Sieron - November 29, 2013
I found a vintage CHIPPY the chipmunk or squirrel rubber face doll with the ribbon saying Chippy still around he neck! It has a Rushton tag stil on it and it looks old! Can anyone give some idea on how old it may be and what it may be worth?? Thanks so much!!
Probably 1950s, 1960s. Depending on state, value is around 40 to 80 USD.
Mary - August 24, 2013
can you provide information on the tippy(blond) chimp. i have two both have furry legs. however one is filled with a mixture of cloth material and beanbag material. and the other chimp is filled only with beanbag material. is this because one came out in the 60s and one in the 70s. if this is the case which is which? oh yeah, and the only difference in their dress is one has only pink lace for the trim and the other is a two tone mix(pink
Amber Wilson - June 16, 2013
My grandmother has a large rubber faced teddy bear that my grandfather gave her back in 1951/1952. I have been trying to research the bear and I believe it is made by the Rushton Co. and that it is called a "Chubby Tubby". Does anyone know anything more about this bear? Looking for more info on the Rushton Co. and the bear itself. I was hoping to find what year(s) the bear was made as well. The bear does not have a tag on it.
It is indeed very difficult to find specific info on a specific toy, since most of these companies made so many different dolls, bears and other toys. I only found info on a Japanese website where the bear was sold for around 200 USD.
Diane - March 12, 2013
I think I have a Rushton Bear. It looks so close to the crying bear but this one is black with a yellow/beige tummy and ears. It has big blue eyes with a rubber face, hands and feet. It was purchase in Baden Penn in "Walts Jr. Supermarket in 1951 for my brother Michael 62 years ago. My mom who is now 90 has kept it all these years so I would love to know it's history. I could send a picture if you need it. Thank you!.
Kim - March 10, 2013
I purchased the most adorable vintage bunny today...she is pink and white, has a gorgeous rubber face, rubber ears, and human like rubber hands, with rubber shoes like zippy the rushton monkey has..obviously she is very old, her tag has been cut off...I can not find another like her on the web, ebay, etc..do you know anything about one of these..thank you!
Joe Essenberg - February 17, 2013
My mom has a old rushton teddy bear she got in pr around 1950. She was going to take it to goodwill. I said we should check it out first. Could you tell me what the value might be. Its very good shape.
Best is to check out ebay and see what they fetch.
Cheryl Ann - February 11, 2013
I just found a Rushton Star creations monkey (not Zippy, Tippy, or the grinder monkey). The tag only has the name of the company, line, and the letter A. Any ideas as to who this one is?
Jane - January 21, 2013
I believe I had a Zippy chimp monkey - he was my friend when I was about 6 to 9 years old. This was in the early 1960's and I thought he had on red coveralls and I thought he came with red plastic shoes. My hesitation comes from the fact he had more of a normal "monkey" face than the rather startling faces depicted here. My Zippy looked more like a monkey and didn't have big, red lips, either....
Barbara Bumgarner - January 9, 2013
I found a Rushton Bear with a happy face and yellow pants with suspenders in my mother-in-laws house after she passed. It is in good condition just a little wear. I am trying to find out if what year it was made and if it is considered an antique
These were made from the 1950s until the 1970s. Take a look on this page of ended auctions to get an idea of value.
Eileen - January 1, 2013
I have a Rushton Zip monkey. Was interesting to read what Linda C wrote. I've had him at least 50 years. Love him!
Theresa - November 29, 2012
When my daughter was little (1970's) my Dad bought her a Rushton rubber faced elf. He was dressed in all green like a Leprecaun(sp?). I am trying to find another one for her, as it was lost over the years, and my Dad has since passed away. She just had a baby and I'd love to find one for her to give him when he gets older.
Lovely story Theresa! Did you try searching with (click): Rushton rubber dolls? I hope you find one for your daughter and grandson.
Debbie - November 29, 2012
I need to know if zippy the chimp was made wearing red coveralls with Red buttons? I have one but, he has red not green, I was told he was original, but, never saw one not in green. Please let me know, ty in advance
Marci - September 16, 2012
I wanted everyone to know that I collect Rushton dolls and I'm going to make a Facebook for Rushton doll collectors so people can post pics of their Rushtons
Cool, let us know what the Facebook page will be and I will post it here!
Elaine Moore - August 31, 2012
I have a stuffed bear with a cute little face made of rubber and a tag that says Rushton Star Creations, I received for Christmas in either 1959 or the early 1960's. I've looked and can't find any information on this, I would appreciate any thing I can on this adorable that I slept with until I was 18.
Rushton made many bears. Did you try Google images to look for the same you have?
Susan Hobson - July 24, 2012
I have the rubber face cow, udders stuffed which my mother bought some time years ago. Could you tell me something about this toy and how much it is worth.Thankyou.
Barbara Dziedzic - April 28, 2012
I have a Rushton Star Creation doll that I would like more information. She has a rubber face, very short grey hair, red and white pinstripe body and skirt with a purple apron and a big bow. She has red felt shoes. Does anyone know anything about her?
You can also try Google images
Micki - April 10, 2012
How do I know how old my Rushton rabbit is? It has the rubber face and the tag Rushton,Atlanta Georgia?
Probably 1950s-1960s. Visit this website for more info.
Theresa Johanson - December 9, 2011
I am looking for a rubber face crying bear tha looks very much like the Rushton pouty bear. I have a picture of mine and it has rubber ears that are positioned straight up from where eyebrows would be and they are more rounded than what I have seen on ebay. I think it was from the early 60's. It has a soft expression. Can you tell me anything about this bear?
Debbie - December 1, 2011
Hi, I have a Rushton stuffed (cat? or bear?)that is kind of flat with a dark blue denim skirt. The tag that says "Someone you love needs something to hug" is still attached and is dated 1978. I can't find any info and was wondering if maybe someone else knew about this one...Thanks in advance, Debbie
Linda Craft - September 18, 2011
In the 50's and early 60's my mother worked for Rushton doll company. Rubber faces were delivered to our house, my mother would paint one color in the eyes and let them dry, then add the next color. She was very good with detail. We knew not to go near her table where she painted. Her name was Lois Cochrane. My brothers and I have looked for Zippy The Monkeyfor years. My mom is now 83 and still smiles when we talk about her painting.
Thanks for sharing this nice story Linda!
Kris A - September 8, 2011
I have a Rushton Zippy monkey I received when I was 4 or 5, that would have been mid 1950's. He is in excellent shape. I loved him dearly. He is dressed in a cowboy outfit complete with yellow and brown cowboy shirt trimmed with green piping, his pants are brown pleather on the front and look like chaps with red things riveted on the sides of them. He originally had a holster and metal gun...those two items are long gone. I have not been able to find any other like him. His body is all black with the high top baby shoes. can you give me any insight to to him.
Mark Johnson - August 21, 2011
I have a vintage stuffed 'red' pig circa 1958. Mom and Dad said is a weilea pig, purchased in Honolulu Hi. The next year my brother was born and was given a Rushton clown. The pig has a rubber face and ears similar to the clown. Does anyone have any info on the pig?
Unfortunately I have no info, but you can try and look for the pig on Google images: Rushton stuffed pig.
Fred Causley, Sr. - June 18, 2011
February, 1963, I was in a drugstore in Granbury, Texas just before Valentine's Day. I was 17 and living in nearby Tolar, Texas to finish high school under my uncle, who was principal. My mother had died the previous spring and I moved a lot. I was dearly missing my sweetheart, Mary, who was back in Oklahoma. Suddenly I saw an adorable, fleecy, white cocker spaniel type toy dog about eight inches tall holding a heart-shaped sign that read, "tain't puppy love." It had a rubber face with blonde hair peeking out from under the fleece and it looked just like my Mary! It was on its way to Oklahoma the next day. Yes, it was a Rushton and a heart stealer. Today, 48 years later, Mary was showing her wedding dress to our granddaughters and the little dog was in the box with the dress! I am looking at it as I write and wishing I could learn more or perhaps even buy duplicates for my granddaughters. Thank you, Rushton, for helping me tell this wonderful, special young woman that I was deeply in love with her.
Thanks for sharing this lovely story Fred!
Felicia Stiening - March 4, 2011
I have a doll that I was given when I was 11 (I am now 43)it has a tag on it that says the Rushton Company Atlanta Georgia. I know the lady that gave me the doll was old when she passed it down to me, but I know nothing else about the doll. I have lost many things in my life but some how not this doll, I question why often. Anyways I just want to find out information about the doll - not so I can sell it but for my own knowledge. It looks like a miss beasley doll but is not - it has a light blue body with white pok -a-dots , a plastic face , short blond hair , flece feet (yellow feet) a sheer apron around the waste area that is now damaged from wear and tear over the years. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I some day hope to have a grand daughter to hand it down to, since I was only lucky enough to have 4 sons and not a girl. LOL , thanks you Felicia
Julia Davis - September 10, 2010
Hello went to a yard sale today bought a Rushton Santa with a Coke in his hand. any one have info on him Thank you judy
Joe B. - September 4, 2010
Back in the 1950's and 1960's we had a very close family friend by the name of Lucia Camp who worked for the Rushton Company in Atlanta. If anyone has any information about her or her family please post.We lost touch over the years. Thanks