The 200 Year Old House
The 200 Year Old House is located in Maybole, United Kingdom
Rare Antique Apprentice Piece Costume Fabric Doll - All Hand Stitched
REF: TSH/18 / LA101870
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This is something of a curiosity, one for the doll collectors: an unusual 'fashion' fabric doll, with the most exquisite hand stitched 'Polonaise' style costume. I'm including lots of pictures, because she really has to be seen to be appreciated. Her head is made of scrim, very firm, with painted features, and her body seems to be made of the same stuffed fabric. She has real human hair, with a beaded hat, and hat pins. She had a pink satin overdress, with hand made lace sleeves, and trim at the neck. This buttons down the back with pink buttons. The lining of this is hand embroidered - you can see it in more detail in one of the pictures. Below this is a pink quilted skirt, and if you lift the overskirt, you can see her white lace edged corset with pink ribbons, and pink satin stays with fine stitching under that. The quilted skirt also has two little linen covered buttons fastening it at the back. Beneath that is a white linen petticoat, with a deep frill of hand done broderie anglais, with a pink flannel petticoat under that. Below that are gorgeous white pin-tucked pantalettes. again all hand stitched, with pink ribbons, and finally there are hand made stockings, with little white kid beaded shoes. She has the look of a Lenci doll, but I think she is a one off piece and obviously not nearly as old as the costume itself - circa 1900 perhaps, although it's hard to be sure. It looks to me as though this has been a handicrafts project for somebody since so many different hand stitches and techniques are included - almost like a seamstress's 'apprentice piece'.
The 200 Year Old House has clarified that the Rare Antique Apprentice Piece Costume Fabric Doll - All Hand Stitched (LA101870) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1900
Her head is somewhat wobbly, and her costume, especially the pale pink of her overdress is rather grubby with age but she is otherwise in good condition for such an intricate and delicate piece of needlework. The pink buttons on the back of her overdress look like mother-of-pearl, but I can't be sure. They seem very new and vivid, but there is certainly some colour variation in them.
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This Rare Antique Apprentice Piece Costume Fabric Doll - All Hand Stitched is located in Maybole, United Kingdom