Monday, August 28, 2017

Spanish Doll from Valencia holding a traditional paella dish

  
This is an example of a Spanish doll made circa 1960 which depicts a women from Valencia in Spain. The doll holds a traditional Valencian paella dish. This dish was traditionally made of white rice, white beans, meat and snails. This dish also contains a rosemary herb which adds to the famous flavour of this dish

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pembrokeshire Fishwife dressed in the woven doll outfit made at Museum of the Welsh Woollen History


Tag: 'Made in Wales Pembrokeshire Fishwife Gwnaed yng Nghymru.This doll is only one of a range. Others include: Brecon Girl, North Wales Girl, Gower Girl, Swansea Muffin Seller, Mid Wales Woman. This figure is dressed in real Welsh flannel and depicts a Pembrokshire Fishwife carrying fish for sale in a basket on her back. The flannel used in this figure is woven at Melin Teifi, Dre-fach Felindre, occupying part of the Museum of the Welsh Woolen Industry'. C Squared Toys. Height 17 cm.

Two dolls from Sri Lanka dressed in Kandy region dancing costume

Two dolls from Sri Lanka made circa 1960s. In more details, both dolls dressed in Kandy region dancing costume. This musical performance and ethnic clothes are the remnants of the  Kingdom of Kandy 1590-1815. Height 26 cm and 25 cm.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blackfoot chief by Carlson dolls made with pride in USA

This is an example of the Blackfoot American Indian tribal chief ethnic clothes by Carlson Dolls made with pride in USA. Height 18 cm.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Romanian calusar doll made in the 1970s

We have previously discussed a doll in the female  Romanian national costume which depicts the Oas regional etnographic costume of northern Transilvania. Similarly, in this post we present the doll in the male costume from the Bihor county and Crisanan Regional capital Oradea in Western Romania.

However, this costume has its origins in Moldovan tradition.  In more detail, this dance has had a feeling of some sort of spiritual warning, or coming of spring. This is a mystical spiritual dance and it was for the first time mentioned in the king Centemir’s Descripto Moldaviae Framkfurt und Leipzig 1771.  Although, historically shared at the same time with Romania, Moldova has become independent in 1991. Today, this dance is also performed in different Romanian surrounding countries by the  Romanian ethnic minorities.

However, pictured doll wears typical Romanian calusarii costume characteristic for the North West Romania. The word calusari is is of non-English origin. It was derived from the word calusarri given to dancers of this kind in Romanian language. There are different interpretations for the origin of the name calusari in Romanian language.However, calusari have been defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary  as 'a Romanian hobbyhorse dance’.

Doll height: 32 cm. This is an original Coop.Arta Crisana Oradea Papusa Port Popular Calusar.

Northern Transilvania regional costume made in 1970s

Pictured doll is a product of the Handicraft cooperation that made dolls in Romanian national costumes. Nonetheless, this doll is a typical example of the  regional costume. It refers to Romanian Oas region, situated north-east in the Satu Maru country, northern Transilvania. Satu Maru bordering countries are: Ukraine and Hungaria. This doll was made in the 1970s. Height: 21 cm.

Doll from Sintra town in Portugal with a chicken in a basket on its head

Previously we have discussed the Celluloid dolls from the beach town Nazare in Portugal . In contrast this is an example of a celluloid doll which depicts women from the town Sintra in Portugal. Typically, dolls  from Sintra carry baskets with chickens on their head. Height 20cm.

Bern souvenir doll

This doll is an example of a souvenir doll from Switzerland. The doll depicts the Swiss national costume from the capital city of Switzerland Bern. Accordingly, the coat of arm stickers attached to a corner of the doll's apron -contains heraldic colors with a bear which is a symbol of Canton of Bern. Doll height 12 cm. Made in1960s.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Souvenir doll from Rome

Souvenir dolls with apron have been discussed earlier in the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum blog post named
Souvenir dolls from Bruxelles (Belgium) and Napoli and Roma (Italy) made between 1960s-1970s 
However, this is another example of  a souvenir doll from Rome with the name of tourist attraction Basilica di San Pietro (Saint Peters Basilica in Vatican) on its apron.  Height 10 cm.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Eros dolls from Milano (Lombardia)

This is an example of an Eros doll which depicts the Italian regional costume characteristic of Milano (Lombardia).  Height 20 cm. Made between 1960s-1970s.

Eros doll from Firenze in Italy

This is an example of an Eros doll which depicts the Italian regional costume characteristic of Firenze. Height 16 cm, made in 1960s.

Eros doll from Florence in Italy

This is an example of an Eros doll which depicts the Italian regional costume characteristic of Florence. Height 18 cm; made in 1960s.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

King Henry VIII dolls made by Almar


Pictured  King Henry VIII dolls made by Almar between 1960s-1970s. Doll mark Almar Dolls Made in England. Height 18 cm.  
Related posts previously published:
Queen Elizabeth I doll by Almar 1950s -1960s 

Anne Boleyn Queen of England doll 

Catherine Howard Queen of England doll 1950s -1960s  

Anne of Cleves Queen of England doll 1950s -1960s
  
Catherine Parr Queen of England doll 1950s -1960s

 

A souvenir doll from Isle of Man

 Isle of Man UK
This is an example of a souvenir doll from the Isle of Man UK; Height 25cm; Made recently.
There is a story on the box:
'The Story of Your Doll Tartan
Red is the sun that sets in the West
Brown for the Rocks the Wild Flowers know best
Blue is the sea that surrounds our Fair Isle
Green for the Meadows where we tarry awhile
Gold is the Gorse along the field side
White is our cottage where we abide Purple is the Heather that grows on our Hills
Good wishes to all. may suffer no ill.'

Doll in Slovenian national costume

This is an example of a doll dressed in the style of the Upper Carniola Region situated in the Slovenian Alps. Moreover, Gorenjska is the common name for this region in Slovenia.
The Upper Carniola, or Gorenjska costume characterize traditional 'avba' bonnet. This costume is worn especially for religious occasions, such as Easter. Therefore, the gold color ornaments on 'avba' bonnet  may suggest this sunday-best national costume is a display of wealth.
Doll height 20  cm; made between 1960s-1970s. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Japanese Sado Island Okesha dancer with shamisen musical instrument made in 1950s

Pictured vintage Japanese doll holds in her hand an unusual instrument.This is a shamisen - a Japanese name given to the traditional three string musical instrument. In more detail, this musical instrument had reached the peak of its popularity in the Kabuki Theater performances from the seventeenth century. Accordingly, in his famous painting  the artist  Kirtagawa Utumaro (mid 1700s-1806) portrayed a geisha playing her shamisen.

This doll depicts a Japanese Sado Island Okesha dancer with her shamisen musical instrument. Sado Island is situated in the Chubu Region (Nigata Prefecture) which is in the central region of the one of  four main Japanese Islands called Honshu.

This Japanese Sado Island Okesha dancer with shamisen musical instrument doll is a new addition to our Japanese Doll Gallery Japanese Doll Gallery  Doll height 25 cm.

Miss Poland from the Rexard Collectors Costume dolls edition

 Miss Poland by Rexard
We have previously discussed the vintage wooden dolls which depict Polish national costumes, and were traditionally made in Poland. The first example  was  A pair of wooden dolls dressed in Kujawy costumes made in Poland in the late 1950s to early 1960sThe second example was  Polish wooden dolls dressed in Lowicz costume
The Polish national costume reached its highest popularity mid last century. Accordingly they soon have become a part of the Rexard Collectors 'Costume Empire Made Dolls'. This doll is a genuine example of this collection. Doll height 19 cm.

Dolls from Madras in India made in the 1970s

These five dolls are example of the  typical national costumes worn in the  Madras Region in India.These dolls were made after the Madras State was formed in India in 1950s.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jamaican souvenir dolls sold in the 1940s

This is an example of a rare Jamaican  souvenir doll sold in the1940s; manufuctured as a  limited edition. Doll mark: Made in Jamaica.

S.P.K. dolls made in Thailand circa 1960s

This is an example of a S.P.K. doll made in Thailand circa 1960s.
Height 15 cm.

Dolls in Tenerife national costume

This is an example of a souvenir doll couple dressed in Tenerife national costume; national pattern 27.900. Height 14 cm. These dolls were made before 1970.

Doll from Rhodesia

This is an example of a souvenir doll from Rhodeasia made in 1960s. Height 23 cm.

Maltese National Costume egg seller girl made in circa 1960s

This is an example of a Maltese national costume doll made circa 1960s. Tag: Maltese National Costume egg seller girl. Doll height: 21 cm.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Frozen Charlotte doll made in the Victorian era

 Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
The frozen Charlotte doll has been discussed earlier in the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum blog post named Frozen Charlotte doll in her pram - also called a penny doll, pillow doll, pudding doll  .......That post gave an example of a frozen Charlotte doll made before the 1930s. Moreover, there was given information about the frozen Charlotte's background.

In this post, however, here is an example of the very rare frozen Charlotte porcelain doll made in the Victorian era circa the1850s. Height 6,5 cm.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Polish wooden dolls dressed in Lowicz costume

 Polish wooden dolls dressed in Lowicz costume
This is another example of typical Polish wooden dolls made in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Polish wooden doll  of that era usually wear national costumes.This pair is dressed  in Lowicz costume, Central Poland. Tag: Made in Poland.
See also A pair of wooden dolls made in Poland in the late 1950s to early 1960s

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Zealand Franciscan friar peg doll

This is an example of the New Zealand vintage peg dolls depicting a Catholic Franciscan preacher religious figure. Attention was paid to detail: the face was hand painted, the Franciscan holds a bible with several pages, necklace with a cross, shoes, undergarments, pedestal covered with green felt. This doll was made circa in the 1970s, face painted in more recent years.

Today, there are three orders of St Francis of Assisi: The Friars Minor,  Secular Franciscans and the Poor Claires (sisters). One of the well-known Capuchin Franciscan's was Padre Pio who lived in Italy. He is also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. On the other side, in New Zealand, the Custody of the Immaculate Conception  Capuchin Foundation was established in 1958. Today they are Secular Franciscans.

However, the Friar Minors have been known to be preaching on the streets since the time of their founder St. Francis of Assisi. Therefore the Bible in this peg doll's hands identifies the Friar Minor. There is no evidence to suggest who made this doll. For example, this doll may have been made by someone who has been at the retreat center run by the Order of Friars Minor of the Holy Spirit Provence in New Zealand. Visitors may have made it when they returned home.