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Doll - Salome Topsey Moss

Salome Topsey Moss

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1890-1893 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Simon & Halbig (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bisque, leather, glass, cotton, wool, hair

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 16 []

Physical description

Bisque shoulder head with fixed glass eyes and a brown hair wig. Leather body jointed at knees and elbows, with Bisque lower arms. The doll represents a mixed race girl. Her clothes consist of a crepe overblouse and skirt, she also has a selection of white underwear including a pair of white cotton open-leg drawers, brown stockings and white shoes. Around her neck is a necklace of yellow glass beads.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1890-1893 (made)


Simon & Halbig (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Bisque, leather, glass, cotton, wool, hair

Marks and inscriptions

'Salome Topsey Moss/Xmas 1893'

'Made in Germany'
stamped on bottom of shoes


Height: 43 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mrs Alicia J Culverwell in 1978 [77/2385] along with MISC.75-1978, and MISC.77 to 84-1978. Mrs Culverwell found the objects in whilst clearing the house of her great aunt, who is presumed to have been the original owner.

Descriptive line

Bisque doll with kid leather body inscribed 'Salome Topsey Moss/ Xmas 1893, representing a mixed race girl; made in Germany by Simon & Halbig ca.1893


Bisque; Leather; Glass; Cotton; Wool; Hair


Christmas presents; Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood


Museum of Childhood

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