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Half Doll Pincushion
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Title: Half Doll Pincushion
Identifier: 2006.5.2
Donor: Barbara Sayers Larson
Item Date: 1900-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A decorative half doll pincushion with assorted steel pins. The china doll's upper body is finely made and delicately painted. The dress bodice is plain; the sleeves are gathered in tiers, below elbow length. The long gloves are white. The right hand holds a box; the left hand holds a fan. A double layered shawl covers the figure's shoulders, round at the back, and V-shaped at the front. The head is tilted slightly to the proper left. The eyes are blue-grey. The hair is ash blonde in colour, very wavy with a part in the centre. The hair is drawn back into a bun at the nape of the neck. The straw hat is trimmed with pink flowers and a green bow. The hat is tied on with long pink ribbons secured with a large bow. The original bouffant skirt is made of a salmon-coloured nylon-type fabric over a cotton batting pad and paperboard cone base. The skirt is fastened to the doll by brown threads over the forearms. A second added skirt is made of medium blue rayon satin in 2 pieces all crudely hand-stitched. The upper piece is gathered at the top edge, and pinned in place. The lower piece is gathered at the top and lower edges and pinned in place.

Half Dolls also known as pincushion dolls, dresser dolls or tea-cosie dolls are waist length sculpted china, porcelain or bisque figurines used to disguise or decorate a number of household objects. Items disguised or decorated could include pin cushions, tea cosies, whisk brooms and powder boxes. These half dolls were made in a variety of styles and were largely made in Germany. They were made for adults and were popular from 1900-1920 though some were made before and after. Http://
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