circa 1950 - circa 1976
210 mm (height)Order this image
National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)
A mid 20th century female costume doll (also known as souvenir, world costume, tourist and foreign travel dolls) carrying a basket of fish on her back. Her head is made of painted wood or composition, with painted facial features and thick, wavy, white mohair hair. Her body, arms and legs are made from a wire frame wound round with cotton wadding, with her hands and feet made from painted wood or composition (the hands painted pink and the feet black). She is wearing a long-sleeved, high-necked, black and white gingham dress which is hitched up at the sides to reveal a long, full, black cotton skirt. The cuffs of the dress are of black cotton, and tied around the neck is a black and white striped scarf which is glued down flat against the front of the bodice. Over the front of the skirt is a long, full, white cotton apron, tied at the waist with white tape. Her underwear is made from stiff, white nylon fabric. She has a long, full waist petticoat, and pantaloons edged with narrow white lace. She is also wearing a hat made from an oval of black felt, with a white cotton layer beneath, a bow made from narrow black tape under the back edge, and a length of narrow white ribbon hanging down at each side. She has a long piece of stick which was attached to her right hand by a (perished) rubber band, and on her back, carried by loops over her shoulders, is a basket. The basket is basically bucket-shaped with a rounded base, and woven from wicker. Attached to the rim of the basket by silver-coloured metal wire are a pair of ceramic fish, moulded in one piece, painted grey, black and white and glazed. Total number of items is 2.
One doll from a collection of costume dolls donated by Mr R.T. Macfarlane in 1976.