Special Collectors Edition
LE/87 - The Lord Mayor of London -
Limited to 50 Dolls only - Issued in 1978
The Lord Mayor of London was issued as a Limited Edition of Fifty dolls, made specially for Marshall Fields, (a famous department store), prior to general release (as model B/313), and to commemorate the Lord Mayor’s visit to Chicago, in September 1978.
This is an extremely rare doll, and the identity of the model shown here is not certain. He is a prototype, but the “new braid” reference on the tag is the reason for the uncertainty surrounding his identity – Which version of the Lord Mayor is he a prototype of? We do know that the braid on the “Standard” model of the Lord Mayor, (B/313), and the “LE/87”doll were different. We believe that the LE/87 model had heavier braid, with a “figure of eight” pattern, but in every other respect was identical to its lesser counterpart, and must assume that the doll shown here is a prototype for B/313
Here is the B/313 model of the Lord Mayor. Notice that this complete model also has a tricorn hat with Ostrich plume.
(The subject of this photograph may have been a design department prototype for LE/87, (and not B/313 as stated), because of the differing braid)