It was the peddler doll that drew me into doll collecting. The first ones I saw were in a toy museum in Wales and then I discovered others in the children’s museum in Edinburgh. They were all dressed similarly in black bonnets, red capes and dark skirts. I loved their knowing expressions but it was their baskets of wares . . .oh my goodness!! What these ladies had accumulated!
This wooden peddler is 11 ½” tall. She is typical of the late 19th century and early 20th dolls from the Grodner Tal region of Germany with her painted face, applied nose and black hair, stiff arms and legs that move slightly and stubby little almost-feet. She is well dressed in a lace edged, cotton petticoat under a yellow and white short sleeved calico print dress with lines of orange smocking up the front. Over it she has a lace trimmed linen apron and a red satin cloak. Unlike many peddlers, she wears a black straw hat rather than a cotton bonnet. Her hat ties under her chin with a green satin ribbon and is decorated with blue forget-me-nots and several drooping feathers.
Her basket is a delight. It hangs around her neck with a heavy string. I think the basket is made of raffia. Inside is an alphabet card and newspapers, balls of wool with knitting needles, a woolen shawl, a woven hat, a woven cornucopia basket, a satin pillow, a celluloid baby doll, and a blue tin plate. Attached to the edges are a tin cup and ladle, a plastic skillet, a carved wooden scoop, a woven metallic thread bag, and a piece of cotton lace.
My peddler is in excellent condition and is eager to sell her wares in a new location. You’ll love her! Please examine the photos and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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