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This is how they came to me -

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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.
Posted by Edel on May 22, 2018 Full Size| Slideshow

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6 Comments

Judy C
1:08 PM on May 30, 2019 
How lovely. :)
Anita
6:50 AM on May 25, 2018 
Lovely box and trimmings. They look very snug amongst the ribbons and lace.
Rosemary
3:28 AM on May 23, 2018 
Beautiful box.
Edel
1:58 AM on May 23, 2018 
They do look sweet in the box, Zoe and Christine.
The trimmings have been a real boon - I also collect larger antique dolls, and make clothes from old fabrics for those unfortunates who have lost their own things.
The box also contains lovely old crochet samples, some of which now serve as DH bedcovers.
christine jaeger
8:12 PM on May 22, 2018 
they look adorable in there.. :)
Zoe H
12:28 PM on May 22, 2018 
What a lovely way to travel and those lovely trimming must have been a lovely bonus for you, Edel.

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