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Maids & Peddlers

Two peddlers and a maid (right).

Maids

Our housemaid manikin doll is dressed as a woman from the first half of the 19th century. She has a gathered petticoat and a cotton print gown in a sober colour. (Contrary to later custom, black was reserved for mourning clothes as a rule.) Her long apron and simple untrimmed mob cap are of cotton muslin voile. All the clothes are hand-made, using natural fabrics as would have the originals, and are removeable. Each doll is completely hand-made, and is numbered.

Dress: cotton print, high-waisted, with a gathered bodice. Skirt gathered
into an A-line, opening at the centre back . Mid-length puffed sleeves. Trimmed with silk
ribbon or cotton lace. Traditional apron and mob cap of cotton muslin voile.
Petticoats: gathered cotton poplin or voile.

Price £ 160

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Peddler dolls

The few dolls of the eighteenth century which still exist are either of wood or, more rarely, wax. Of these, the peddler dolls are the most interesting, and commemorate a social custom: in the 18th and 19th centuries, women travelled about the countryside selling needles, pins, and other small articles. These women were called Notion Nannies, and were familiar figures in English country districts. In rural areas especially, these peddlers were also bringers of news and gossip, and their visits welcomed. The red cape was a traditional identifying symbol.

Our manikin doll is dressed as a woman from the first half of the 19th century, in traditional red cloak and black bonnet. She comes complete with a polished rosewood tray and a few items to start your collection - a great way to display those tiny extra items! Each doll is completely hand-made, and is numbered. All the clothes are hand-made, using natural fabrics as would have the originals, and are removeable.

Dress: cotton print, high-waisted, with a gathered bodice. Skirt gathered into an A-line, opening at the centre back. Mid-length puffed sleeves. Trimmed with silk ribbon or cotton lace.
Traditional apron and mob cap: cotton muslin voile. Petticoats: gathered cotton poplin.
Cloak: silk/cashmere with silk or cotton perle ties.
Bonnet: silk taffeta with starched muslin voile ruff and silk ribbon ties.

Price £ 360

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