Thursday, February 11, 2010

Half Dolls and their Uses....

They have a variety of names - , tea-cosie dolls and dresser dolls... and there are those also known as 'tops', pincushion dolls 'pin heads' or 'whisk-broom' dolls. Generally they are referred to as Half Dolls... but whatever name may be dubbed, they all have one thing in common. They are all dainty, waist length finely sculptured figurines which were made by the thousand notably in Germany, and were designed to disguise or decorate a variety of household objects. They were attached to such things as boudoir cushions, pin cushions or clothes brushes - and to an even lesser extent men appeared in the guise of colonial gentlemen or soldiers to conceal anything obtrusive to the eye, as did an assortment of fine porcelain animals such as rabbits, cats, dogs and birds which decorated powder puffs or became stoppers for bottles.

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