H974.19.5a-c - Doll

Catalogue Number
H974.19.5a-c
Object Name
doll
Origin Country
Belgium ?
Dates/Period
1930s
Date
1931 to 1939
Artifact History

Collected by donor prior to World War I

General Artifact History

Dolls have long been in vogue as souvenirs. During the 19th century, well-to-do Canadian travellers often returned from Europe bearing beautiful, stylishly attired French or German dolls; from the Orient, with exotic Japanese or Chinese ones. Perhaps the first dolls created exclusively for tourists were those made at European missions in China. These dolls, which represented individuals of all levels of Chinese society, were dressed by the destitute children of the mission and sold as souvenirs to fund the institution's work. During the 20th century, as international travel came within the reach of more people, inexpensive dolls made exclusively for tourists became popular as mementos. Souvenir dolls usually wear distinctive national, regional, or historical costumes and are generally intended to be ornaments, rather than toys. This charming Belgian girl doll was made during the 1930s. She has a celluloid, swivel head with moulded hair and painted features. Her firmly stuffed body has soft arms and movable legs. The meticulously stitched felt dress she wears is appliquéd with tulips and she carried a wicker basket on her arm.

Gender Association
Female
Material
wool, felt, wicker
Colour
Brown, Blue, Yellow, Green, Red
Parts
Artifact Part Height (cm) Length (cm) Width (cm) Depth (cm) Diameter (cm) Thickness (cm) Weight
33.50
Nomenclature
Department
History
Source
Rowell, F., (Mrs.)