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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Parian with Fancy Hairdo and Lustre Ribbon and Molded Necklace

Here is a 20" parian with fancy hairdo I found on ebay.  She is unusual in that she has a blue bow in her hair with gold lustre trim, and having molded jewelry on the shoulder piece is unusual.  She has a cloth body, red leather sewn on boots, and brown leather arms (patched with darker brown leather).  Her underclothes are correct - pantaloons and petticoat with lace trim, and an all lace bustle petticoat; she wears a wonderful silk dress with rusching trim and tie-on panniers, stuffed with tissue paper and cotton.  This word is from the French word paniers, which means wicker baskets placed on the back of pack animals, hanging from both sides.  There is a tag sewn to her pantaloons that says, "Charlotte Annette Cheney 1840," which could be the former owner or the person who dressed her.  These dolls were popular in the 1860's and 1870's.

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