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Object ID # 1959.067.001
Object Name Doll
Title Bisque-Headed Doll (c. 1905)
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date c. 1905
Description This is a bisque china head female doll, with a kid leather body. The doll originally had sleeping eyes, which are gone now. She has a reddish-brown coloured wig. She has white china hands (not coloured pink like the bisque head). The number "Alma 1416" is impressed in the bisque at the nape of her neck. The doll is stuffed with excelsior. The pieced kid leather body has gusseted knees (so that you can bend the legs). The bisque head is tinted pink, and has rosy cheeks. There is an open mouth, with upper teeth remnants. There is a molded dimple in the chin and one above the top lip. The ears are small and not pierced. The eye sockets have long, painted eyelashes. There are long, molded eyebrows which almost meet, and which have been painted a dark brown colour.
See RELATED for the clothing items that accompany the doll. Note: The doll's dress is made of the same material as that the little girl was buried in.
Provenance Belonged to Laura Menzies, an Owen Sound, Ontario girl who died at the age of four from pneumonia. Her doll dress was made from the same fabric as the dress that Laura was buried in (about 1907). Laura was the daughter of George and Laura Menzies, and a grand-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McIntyre. Her brother, R. W. "Bert" Menzies lived in Owen Sound, Ontario. Bert was born in 1891.

George Menzies died in November of 1941, in his 80th year. There is an image of him in OWEN SOUND ON THE GEORGIAN BAY (1912).

The doll was given to the Porter girls by the late Laura Menzies (their great aunt). The previous owner, Mrs. Arthur Porter, resided in Owen Sound.

The painted eyelashes are reminiscent of a Jumeau doll, which would have had a French origin of manufacture. However, there was a German firm known to have given anglicized pet names to the doll models it produced, and this doll is "Alma 1416".
Collection Toys & Games, 20th-c Collection
Material Ceramic/Leather/Cotton/Glass/Mohair?/Paint
Dimensions W-6.5 L-27.5 D-4.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Menzies, George

Menzies, Laura
Subjects Funerals
Funereal
Mourning
Dolls
Toys
Function Child's toy.