black rag doll
Today, Robertson's Golliwog badges remain highly collectable, with the very rarest sometimes selling for more than £1,000, and even comparatively common and recent badges being worth £2.00–£3.00.
In 1903, James Robertson & Sons, Preserve Manufacturers, Limited was incorporated to run the business. The famous Robertson's Golliwog symbol (not seen as racially charged at the time) appeared in 1910 after a trip to the US to set up a plant in Boston.
The Steiff Company is the most notable maker of Golliwog dolls. In 1908 Steiff became the first company to mass produce and distribute Golliwog dolls. Today, these early Steiff dolls sell for $10,000 to $15,000 each, making them the most expensive Golliwog collectibles.
British troops spoke of them as “ghouls” - which is an Arabic word for a desert ghost. Egyptian children played with black dolls which they would sometimes give to British soldiers or they would buy dolls from children. That dolls were later called “Ghuliwogs” and later “Golliwogg”.
Giant Bars remain available for purchase across the Republic of Ireland though reorganisation of the HB brand by corporate parent Unilever saw the production and ownership of the Giant Bar Brand move to Northern Ireland company Dale Farm.
Robertson's jam, a breakfast table fixture for generations and a symbol of controversy for its use of the Golly character, is being axed. The makers of the jam have decided to phase it out.
LONDON - Robertson's, the jam and marmalade brand, is finally scrapping its controversial mascot, the Golly, after 91 years.
Although a basic set of 13 different designs, the discerning Golly Collector can find a number of varieties as 3 different manufacturers were used (not all of the manufacturers produced the full set) and the commonest manufacturer (Gomm's of Birmingham) produced 2 slightly differing backstamps.
There are subtle differences in some issued badges though some can be related to different manufacturers. If allowing for fairly major differences, less than 300 Golly badges have appeared over some seventy years of production. Minor differences account for almost 800 badges.
A very rare original pre war 'Robertson's Middlesex County Club Golly cricketer badge', wearing a yellow waistcoat, displaying the advertising slogan 'Golden Shred' and resting on an 'Middlesex' scroll, the reverse stamped in relief with staight maker's details "H.W. Miller Ltd B'Ham.