Tea in the garden https://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/photos/ Tea in the garden On a sunny May afternoon These two little personages have been waiting for their HB to build them a home for a long time. They have begun to accumulate all those little bits and pieces that make everyday life comfortable... https://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205082299 205082299 ...including a pretty tea service https://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205082300 205082300 They have borrowed a table and cushions from more fortunate neighbours https://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205082301 205082301 This is how they came to me - in a lovely embroidered box of old trimmings - carefully wrapped in an old handkerchief. As Christine pointed out in her comment on the previous picture, these little dolls sometimes came in a box with various wigs (or masks) they could wear. They also came as novelties in crackers, and a picture book by Clara Bell Thurston called "The jingle of a Jap" and published ca. 1900 had a similar little doll attached by thread to the front cover. There are larger versions as well, and their high-end cousins are the "friendship dolls" presented to the USA by Japan in the 1920s. https://www.dollshousespastandpresent.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=205085934 205085934