circa 1915 (body of doll)
Fabric 'topsy-turvy' doll
255 mm (width); 375 mm (height); 70 mm (depth)Order this image
National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)
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A fabric 'topsy-turvy' doll - a doll with two heads, one at each end, which can switch character from a black girl to a white girl. Both dolls are made from stuffed fabric and have printed faces. One part of the doll is dark skinned and dressed in a bright pink/red dress with lace decoration on the sleeves and collar. She wears a white pinafore style apron and has a head scarf tied around her head in the same fabric as the dress. She has one gold hooped earring, the other is missing. The fabric on the back of the neck has a small hole and brown staining and there are four brown dot stains on the apron. The second part of the doll is light skinned and wears a blue and white checked dress with lace style patterning at the sleeves and collar and a white apron with lace type decoration down each side. She also wears a white 'maids' cap with lace around the edge. The doll was to the donor's mother in circa 1915 as a christening present by her godfather who was then serving in Geneva in some sort of diplomatic corps. The dolls were re-dressed in the late 1950s/early 1960s by the donor. The donor made a reproduction of the doll and donated it to the Museum in 2010 - inventory number 663504.