The Grodnertal area of southern Austria, in the Erzgebirge mountains just north of Italy, has been a center of wooden toymaking for generations. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, families produced wooden dolls that were sold at toy fairs in towns such as Nuremburg and were distributed in both Europe and the United States. The versions of these dolls produced in the late 19th and early years of the 20th century were often referred to as Dutch Dolls as they were shipped out of Dutch ports or Penny or Peg Woodens and were sold undressed.

This peg wooden doll is 13” tall, a slightly larger size than we usually see. Her lathe-turned wooden shoulder head is hand painted white with a solemn expression and blue eyes, black and gray hair, and an applied nose. She has an all-wooden body that is jointed at the hips, knees, shoulders and elbows. The lower portion of her arms and legs have a white wash and are slightly carved to indicate hands and feet. The backs and bottoms of her feet are painted red to simulate shoes. She is dressed as a Welsh pedlar in what appears to be an original or at least early, homemade costume, typical of these dolls. She wears a lace trimmed heavy black cloth bonnet. Her dress is a made from brown floral cotton with small muslin covered buttons. Over it she wears a white batiste apron and “bertha” collar made from a cotton batiste handkerchief. Under it she wears a cotton lace trimmed muslin underskirt and pantalets. A fringed paisley shawl completes her ensemble. She does not have a basket and would love to have her new owner provide one. What fun it will be to collect the contents and put it together!

I believe this lady is in original paint. A spot of paint has chipped just below her right eye. That aside, she is in excellent condition just waiting to receive her a basket of notions to sell. Please examine the photos and feet free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Late19th/Early 20thc Penny Wooden Peddler Doll Waiting for her Basket


    Sentimental memorabilia, books, sewing treasures and dolls of the 19th and early 20th centuries
    Forget Me Not Antiques specializes in the mementoes of women and children from the Victorian and Edwardian eras


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