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Fabric doll

Chad Valley Co Ltd

Category

Dolls

Date

circa 1938

Materials

Fabric doll

Measurements

450 mm (Height)

Place of origin

Harborne

Collection

National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)

NT 671990.1.1

Summary

A fabric doll, representing Princess Elizabeth, daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, when aged about 12 years old. She has a pressed felt face with inset blue glass eyes and painted facial features. Her hair is made from very light brown mohair. Her body and limbs are covered in pale pink velveteen fabric, over stuffing and a frame made possibly from hard plastic. She has a swivel head, and is jointed at the shoulders and hips.She is wearing a pale blue, double-breasted woollen coat, over a blue cotton dress with a pattern of small white flowers. Under this she has a white nylon vest and white nylon knickers edges with blue and white nylon lace.She has white nylon ankle socks and pale blue felt shoes, fastened at the front of the ankle with a tiny white plastic button.Her hat is made from the same pale blue wool as her coat and is decorated around the join between the crown and the rim with a row of white felt daisies with yellow felt centres.She has a manufacturer's label sewn to the base of her left foot, and there are a few small holes (insect damage - moth or carpet beetle) on her coat and shoes.

Provenance

Donated to the National Trust Museum of Childhood in 2018 by Barbara Perkes and her sister. Along with the other doll, 671990.2, it was given to the donors in 1938 by their parents, who had been in England for the coronation of George VI and bought the dolls when travelling in Scotland.

Marks and inscriptions

On label sewn to base of left foot: HYGIENIC TOYS MADE IN ENGLAND BY CHAD VALLEY CO. LTD.

Makers and roles

Chad Valley Co Ltd, manufacturer

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