1912 - 1952
525 mm (height)Order this image
National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)
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A life-size sleeping baby doll made of stuffed cloth, by Kathe Kruse, the head made of cloth, stiffened and painted (circa 1912-1952). She has light brown painted hair on the back half of the head, closed eyes, and painted cheeks and half-closed lips. The arms are jointed at the shoulders and the legs jointed at the hips. She wears a white lace bonnet tied under her chin and a long white, probably linen, robe with a richly ornamented front panel down to the hem. This contains bands and scalloped frills of broderie anglaise alternating with bands of twelve fine pin tucks, with a scalloped broderie anglaise trim down each side. There is also a band of five larger pin tucks at the back hem. Under this she wears a long plain white linen petticoat with ten pin tucks and a wide hem, then two short white petticoats. Next comes a fine cream flannel petticoat with a scalloped embroidered hem and a leaf and flower motif at one corner. There are two holes, possibly old moth damage. The body is covered with a brown stockinette material and there is a large sewn-on navel.
Makers and roles
Kathe Kruse, maker