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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1850 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    China, wood, poplin

  • Credit Line:

    Miss E S Briggs

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The doll, whose clothing is not removable, has a glazed china head with dark hair dressed in a bun at the back with loops and curls of hair over the ears. The outer limbs are also china, the arms probably to the shoulders, with the right hand open and the left hand clenched; the legs are china to the knee, with red garters and shoes indicated; the body is probably of wood.
The doll wears court dress, with feathers and lappets in her hair. The trained gown is said to have been made from a piece of cream Irish poplin of a pattern presented to Queen Victoria by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The woven fabric incorporates silver and brown silk roses and silver thistles with an arcaded pattern of shamrocks and oak leaves. The gown is lined with a pale green fabric, with a skirt lining of glazed white holland. It is trimmed on the bodice with a knot of pearls with a pendant loop, and a bertha of black machine made lace mounted on white tulle; and at the hem with a border of black machine lace. The petticoat is of white satin with a frilled overskirt of white tulle trimmed with two white satin bows, and the underskirt is of white cotton; the drawers are knee length

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1850 (made)

Materials and Techniques

China, wood, poplin

Object history note

Given to the donor's family by Miss Emma Southern

Descriptive line

Doll with china head and outer limbs, representing a caucasian adult female in court dress; made in Germany, about 1850

Production Note

Original registered description attributes the doll to England or Ireland, but this should apply to the clothing only

Attribution note: Clothing unique


China; Wood; Poplin


Moulding; Carving; Sewing

Subjects depicted

Court dress


Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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