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Object ID # 1959.025.001
Object Name Doll
Title Parasol Doll
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date 1890s?
Artist Unidentified manufacturer
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Europe?
Description Novelty silk parasol doll, likely from the 1890s? The doll has a bisque china head with inset blue glass eyes that have pupils. There are painted upper and lower eyelashes, and long, brown-painted eyebrows. There is no wig, just an elaborate silk and lace ecru-coloured bonnet.
A capelet surrounds the head and has two bands of lace on it. The parasol area is made of the same ecru silk fabric. There is a stained and varnished wooden dowel, which is tipped with a silvertone, molded dog's head metal tip. The parasol has six black-finished metal spokes, and a cylindrical brass slider, so that the parasol can be opened and closed. There is no maker's identification seen.
Provenance According to the previous owner, Miss Leona Chisholm in 1959, the parasol doll was over 60 years old, suggesting that it is from the 1890s? The doll was found at Owen Sound, Ontario.

It was likely manufactured in Germany or France - countries which produced many bisque doll items in the 19th-century and early 20th-centuries.
Collection Toys & Games, 19th-c Collection
Material Silk/Lace/Wood/Silver/ Bisque/China/Glass/Paint
Dimensions L-36 Dia-20 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Chisholm, Leona
Subjects Dolls