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Small Frozen Charlotte doll made of bisque porcelain. 3.35cm x 5.5cm - from 18BC27.



Site:
18BC27 Federal Reserve Site

Context: Feature 36 - Well filled c. 1880s-1900

Site Date Range: c. 1770-1930

Materials: Bisque porcelain

Dimensions: 3.35cm x 5.5cm.

Description: Small Frozen Charlotte doll

History: These little Frozen Charlotte dolls were popular from 1850 to 1920. Most were produced in Germany, where they were called penny dolls (King 1981:560) and were originally intended as a bath toy. Small versions were sometimes baked into cakes as party favors, and others were used as dolls. They were named after a poem entitled “Young Charlotte”, about a girl who froze to death on the way to a party because she refused to cover up her dress with a coat.