Friday, March 15, 2013

18th century dolls


Children's Dolls

In this season of shopping and gift wrapping and endless commercials my mind begins to wander to the days when children didn't have whole room dedicated to their toys.  If a child was lucky enough to have a doll in the 18th century, only one would suffice.  What's more amazing is when these old and beloved toys survive hundreds of years and multiple children's love.

V&A, 1740s
Deerfield Memorial Hall, c 1770
Museum of London, 1766-70
Bowes Museum, c 1735
V&A, c 1690-1710
The Met, Late 18th C

For more images of dolls, the website 18th Century Notebook has amassed a fantastic online collection of these surviving toys.

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