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Welcome to our mannequin identification page. This page is under construction because as we are able to photograph various makes and styles of display mannequins, we will include them on this page. You may use this page to help identify your mannequin when you wish to purchase repair/replacement parts. The information on this page is the result of a combined experience of over 60 years working with display mannequins and mannequin alternatives. Please note: We do not repair or refurbish mannequins and our selection of parts is very limited. We offer the information on this page as a service and not an offer to provide replacement parts.
What Brand of Mannequin Do I have?
Hindsgaul Mannequins generally have a butt tube and a square opening for a foot rod. The rod is composed of two square tubes and one slides within the other: This feature eliminates the need for a thumbscrew in the butt tube. The shoulder fitting is relatively small and rounded at the bottom of the slot.
Adele Rootstein Mannequins also have two mounting points to stand them up, but seldom if ever have a thumbscrew in the butt tube. The shoulder plate is often double thickness metal (i.e. two pieces) I believe that the waist fitting spring can have it's tension adjusted with a screw driver. If memory serves me correctly Rootsteins's often join at the waist with a push/pull rod, if that is the case, the entire waist plate is metal & and marked with their trademark). Domestic mannequins usually have a waist fitting of metal that is less than 30% of the waist area. I have frequently seen Rootsteins using a Round rod in a square hole in the but.
Decter Mannequins always have a square bottom in the shoulder-fitting slot. The washer in the arm fitting is a rectangle not an octagon.
Late model Asian mannequins almost always have a round foot rod only. The shoulder fitting is quite a bit like a Decter but a little smaller in diameter and width of slot. For some reason the imports figure you wish to display pants but not with shoes!
Wolf & Vine/Grennakers ( This should work for a Patina V as well) shoulder fitting slots are always v shaped in the bottom, The washer in the arm fitting is an octagon not a rectangle. These usually have all the plates stamped the product number & customer, at least in the past 20 years or so.
Wolf & Vine for many years molded a hole in the head to facilitate the placement of glass eyes instead of painted fiberglass ones. The head was molded with no eyes and the ordered pair were installed later. The body was molded separately from the head an there is a 1/4"-20 threaded insert in the neck for hanging. The head was bonded on the neck, the eyes installed and the hole in the head capped with a Styrofoam plug. The manufacturer's name was molded in near the top rear of the hole.
D.G. Williams are similar to the above but require a larger hole in the key way. The thickness of the plate is a heavier, but not a double. They frequently use a large square push/pull fitting to join the top to the bottom. These Sears mannequins tend to have heavy shoulders on the arm part and usually have a dark complexion on the Red side. Dark colored Wolf & Vines tend more towards the brown.
Where did it come from? J.C. Penny bought a lot of Patina V's and a few Decters are around. Display Managers frequently wrote the model number of the unit on the unit in magic marker. In the late 80's many of the 2nd tier J.C. Penny stores brought in an all plastic imported Italian female that we call the plastic fantastic. Their fittings were unique to that brand and overall very small relative to other brands. They were a pain to repair and we never were able to get in any kind of inventory of repair or replacement parts. These units were not made available to the major mall stores. The shoulder fittings tended to pull out and we had a hard time finding an adhesive to bond them back in.
Until they got out of mannequins Sears bought a ton of D.G. Williams. High-end dept stores tend to favor, Hindsgaul (similar to John Nissen) and Adel Rootstein.)
Identifying a mannequin is a lot like pornography, I can't describe it, but I know it when I see it.
If your unit pre-dates the 1970's and the fittings look like D.G. Williams or Wolf & Vine it could be anything and the only way to get arms is to try them. Older mannequins always have round arms at the fittings. Now they some times have more elongated arms ( not fittings) at the shoulder. Where does she separate at the waist? High waisted mannequins with the navel in the legs are older and probably something else. These units have plywood waist fittings. Decter made a bunch of the high waisted jobs but they usually are all-metal waist fittings with two pins and no twisting required. If you go back far enough, everybody used plywood for waist fittings with a 2" nominal dowel as a waist pin. The only conclusion you can draw from a plywood waist fitting is that it is 'vintage' and has a plywood waist fitting.
Last modified: May 24, 2010