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Pandora

Fashionable Dressed Doll
1835 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Wax over composition shoulder head, moulded to show bust line, with stuffed cloth body, pink kid arms, blue glass eyes and brown human hair sewn to a canvas skullcap to form the wig (which is styled in ringlets).
The doll is wearing a long dress of light brown silk trimmed with lace; a petticoat with bodice and sleeves; stays; 'combinations'; and a straw bonnet lined with silk. She carries a handkerchief.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Doll
  • Pandora
  • Doll's Clothing
Materials and Techniques
wax over composition, human hair, calico, linen, silk, glass
Brief Description
Pandora, German, 1835
Physical Description
Wax over composition shoulder head, moulded to show bust line, with stuffed cloth body, pink kid arms, blue glass eyes and brown human hair sewn to a canvas skullcap to form the wig (which is styled in ringlets).

The doll is wearing a long dress of light brown silk trimmed with lace; a petticoat with bodice and sleeves; stays; 'combinations'; and a straw bonnet lined with silk. She carries a handkerchief.
Dimensions
  • Height: 33in
  • Head height: 8in
Production typemass produced
Object history
Historical significance: Two incidents are recorded concerning Pandora dolls. The first was that they were recorded as one of the commodities lost at the Boston Tea Party. The second was that during the Napoleonic Wars between England and France, the dolls were allowed through from Paris to London, so that the English gentlewoman would know the latest Paris fashions.
Historical context
Pandora was the name given to dolls which were often used as manikins to illustrate current dress fashions before the advent of fashion magazines and models. Dress makers used the dolls to show the latest fashions of the day and the customer decided which style she wanted and which material. All the necessary undergarments and accessories were shown on the dolls.
Production
Reason For Production: retail
Collection
Accession Number
T.235-1918

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record createdJanuary 26, 2001
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