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Object ID # 1962.007.001abcdefg
Object Name Kitchen, Play
Other Name Set, Doll Dish
Title Doll-sized Chamber Set
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date 1850s
Made Unknown pottery
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Doll-sized china chamber set for a doll dresser or toy washstand, or a doll's bedroom set-up. The set consists of eight items with pieces totalling 11. They are made of glazed pink-tinged white ceramic pieces, and the bottle item has a cork. There is no pottery identification to identify their manufacturing origin, but they were owned in Owen Sound, Ontario, and are very likely 19th-century toys (perhaps 1850s?). Although it looks a lot like a soap drainer, the perforated item actually represents a sponge drainer. Victorian washstands often had a sea sponge that would be used as a toiletry item. The bottle likely represents a cologne bottle.
Provenance These doll-sized chinaware items were owned by Louise MacKay (neƩ Bishop) in Owen Sound, Ontario, but it is not known precisely when they were acquired or where they were made. They might be from the 1850s? They have a 19th-century appearance. The sponge drainer is very Victorian.

Louise MacKay was married to Fred MacKay. However, it likely was second-hand when she received it, and perhaps belonged to her mother before she owned it?

Collection Toys & Games, 19th-c Collection
Material Ceramic/Glaze/China
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Function Miniature toilet set that simulates toiletry items commonly found on a Victorian washstand or dresser. This set is a plaything for a young girl.