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Object Name Doll
Date ca. 1890
Description Woman doll. Bisque porcelain head with molded and painted blonde hair and facial features. Cloth body with glazed porcelain lower arms. Wearing an ethnic costume of a red skirt with wide red, green, and blue waistband and red and green shoulder straps over an ivory blouse with high collar and wide sleeves; ivory apron; embroidered stockings; brown leather shoes; and a red scarf around her head with a black and gold crown on top. Overall height is 13 inches.
Acquisition From Alice Austen
Ownership and History Bisque doll heads with molded blonde hair seem to have been made as early as the 1860s, and continued to be produced in the following decades. This style, with its molded headband, is sometimes known as an "Alice in Wonderland" type, so-called for the book which was published in 1865.

The clothing on this doll does not seem to relate in any way to her hairstyle; rather, it appears to represent European folk clothing. This doll was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1945 by noted photographer Alice Austen. She may have acquired the doll on one of her many trips to Europe, or perhaps purchased it while visiting the 1893 Columbian Exposition or the 1901 Pan-American Exposition.
Earliest Date 1885
Latest Date 1895
Subjects Dolls
Lexicon Sub-category Toy
Associated People Austen, E. Alice
Catalog Number T03.0058
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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