The Pearly Queen is a soft cloth character doll one of 5 dolls that has been donated to Mary O'Neill Doll Museum in December 2010. Mrs. McKenna who donated this doll was born in the UK and migrated to New Zealand many years ago. Today Sylvia works as a circulation desk manager at the Napier Library. Sylvia made this doll.
We are going to publish the photo of the pearly queen doll in our magazine the New Zealand Doll and Toy Chronicle. The pearly queen and king custom is not well known in NZ. We decided to provide a photo of the pearly king or queen for our readership . This is for our readers to be able to understand how the doll was created. In December 2010 Mary O'Neill corresponded with Carol Jolly who is a pearly queen of Crystal Palace in London.
"It is not very common to find a pearly doll. Although some of the grandma's make them" Mrs. Jolly exclusively said for our magazine.
Read magazine New Zealand Doll and Toy Chronicles for more.