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Object ID # 1956.005.001
Object Name Doll
Title Blond China Shoulder Head Doll
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date c. 1910?
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description China shoulder head doll (blond-haired, with rosy cheeks). The doll has molded, blond-colour hair, and has white porcelain for the face area. There are orange-red painted nostril marks, which match the mouth, and the cheeks have an orange-red blush. There are blue eyes with pupils, and dark-brown painted eyebrows. The head appears large in proportion to the body. A raised edge breast plate of the shoulder head is palpable through the dress. The body of the doll is older. Its torso and arms are made of kid leather. The legs are made of thick cotton material. The body is stuffed with sawdust [excelsior]. The arms have attached white china hands. The doll's dress is sewn onto her. The fabric is a faded pink cotton one with pale brown printed marks making patterned outlines. The skirt is gathered and has a 0.7 cm deep hem. The same fabric has been used to make a short pair of bloomers. The bodice is very plain, with straight sleeves and visibly large stitches. A pink ribbon sash is around the waist. There is no maker's identification seen.
Makers mark None
Provenance The last owner, Isabelle Byers, reported that the doll body is likely c. 1870, while the china head is likely c. 1910. The doll's original head was replaced over the years (perhaps more than once). It was given to Isabelle Byers (neƩ Bell) by her great-grandmother.
Collection Toys & Games, 19th-c Collection
Material Ceramic/Porcelain/Glaze/Leather/Paint
Dimensions L-30.5 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Byers, Wilbert