Wood, leather, metal
Overall: 14 3/4 x 19 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. ( 37.5 x 48.9 x 31.1 cm )
Rounded top wooden trunk covered in leather with wooden slat ribs and metal banded and nailed edges; missing handles and front straps. Interior lined in green, white, pink and gold paper with decorative borders; central sticker image within cartouche at interior top of young boy with Christmas trees and holly. Wood and cardboard compartmentalized interior with striped cotton pulls, some missing or broken; tray top sits on interior ledges with room below for storage.
This doll, Helen, her wardrobe and trunk were originally owned by Mary Augusta Colson whose seafaring family roots were in Brooklyn, New York and New England. The doll was purchased for Mary as a favor to Captain Colson by the owner of his ship, Vernon H. Brown in 1876. Mrs. Brown spent weeks with her dressmaker designing the most current fashions for the doll. Mary was later photographed with her doll in Boston, as were successive generations of female descendants, including the donor.
Gift of Marian F. Fraser
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