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Pedlar doll

Object Number: 
1980.48
Date: 
1820-1850
Medium: 
Composition, textile, wood, ceramic, glass, metal, paper, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 16 x 12 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. ( 40.6 x 31.8 x 16.5 cm )
Description: 
Pedlar doll with composition shoulder head, molded black hair, molded and painted facial features including blue pupilless eyes, closed mouth, and pink tinted cheeks; stuffed cloth body with jointed limbs; blue velvet bonnet over lace cap, brown checked dress with black sash at waist, brown apron, plaid shawl with fringe, over plain petticoat and brown leather shoes; doll holds tray filled with miniature items, including books, combs, playing cards, chair, playing cards, pincushions, stationery, sheet music, and two bisque dolls (one Caucasian, one African); hats, purses, fans, and assorted miniature goods dangle from the outside of the tray.
Gallery Label: 
Caroline Goodfellow suggests that pedlar dolls "were a peculiarly English phenomenon." Most dolls were made in Germany, and dressed in England (See Publications).
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Janet L. M. Parry
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group