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Wax shoulder-head doll

J. Hyatt

Category

Dolls

Date

circa 1860

Materials

Wax shoulder head doll, metal, glass, textiles

Measurements

470 mm (height)

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Collection

National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)

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NT 659638

Summary

A wax shoulder-headed doll the left shoulder of which is cracked but glued together and the head is turned slightly to the right. Moulded and painted facial features with brown glass eyes. Long blonde mohair hair. The body, upper arms and most of the legs are stuffed cloth, the remainder of the arms and legs are wax, stitched to the cloth through metal reinforced eyelets. Wearing a pale cream fabric dress (with many moth holes and darns) decorated with frills of the same fabric and lace at the neck and cuffs of the long, gathered sleeves. Cream apron which has a pin-tucked skirt attached to a pin-tucked embroiderie anglaise bodice. Stiff cream petticoat decorated with pin-tucks and embroiderie anglaise. A waist petticoat of cream flannel with pin-tucks at the hem. A shift in cream fabric with embroiderie anglaise at the neck. Pantaloons of the same fabric decorated with pin-tucks and embroiderie anglaise at the bottom edge. Very dirty cream fabric socks; only one (the right) pale green silk shoe with a brown paper sole and a white button fastening. Pink silk ruched bonnet edged with cream lace, pink ribbon ties and a white fur trim around the face. On her right wrist she wears a bracelet made of tiny 'pearl' beads.

Marks and inscriptions

On cloth body front: J.HYATT,/ IMPORTER OF FRENCH and GERMAN/ DOLLS,/ TOYS, NEEDLEWORK and FANCY GOODS,/ CREWEL and ART NEEDLEWORK DEPOT./ 127, UPPER STREET, N.

Makers and roles

J. Hyatt, importer

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