Miriam makeba doll

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The early Armand Marseille doll in the royal Scotish costume made in the late 1890s - Merry Christmas

 Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
This is an example of a very early Armand Marseille doll with a bisque head and composition body.

Russian born Armand migrated to Germany, where he started his porcelain factory in Kopellsdorf in 1985. This doll was made in Germany in the late 1890s, not later than 1901, where he also made dolls of the same kind in German ethnic costume.  

The influential and long reigning queen Victoria was an important figure in European history. This doll was made to appeal to queen Victoria and her much-loved Balmoral castle in Scotland,  as well as people of her era.

The doll is dressed in the royal style of Scottish outfit with tartan. If we have a look at the list of the official Scottish tartans, there is no similarities between  them and the design of  this doll tartan with green and peach colour.  

The look of the royal silver plated doll  brooch with a purple stone relates to the queen Victoria style of sophistication. If we have a look at the coronation portrait of queen Victoria painted by George Hayter in 1837,  we will instantly recognize the refinement of the Victorian age where this brooch would simply add to a royal style of  Queen Victoria.

 Merry Christmas

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Story of Christmas Daisy PDF published today

This PDF book published today is available for purchase. Cost per copy is NZ$15. Please contact the publisher at  mary_oneill@clear.net.nz  and your PDF copy  will be emailed to you. This is our first edition. Description: PDF, 13 pages  and it  does not contain any illustration. ISBN 978-0-473-29310-9. 



Monday, December 1, 2014

One very old doll hand made in India

Possibly  Indian migrants or tourists brought  this very old doll to New Zealand from India. This doll arrived at the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum in 2011.We are not ready to release the age of the doll as we need to undertake further research.

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
The  research on the jewelry  refers to the Mughal empire in  India.The round  nose ring or stud  refers to Punjabi in Northern India but Kachi Indian tribe or Sikh also use them. The type of the Kachi Indian nose ring  is also called a chain ring.  The type of nose ring this doll wears is characteristic for Punjabi Indians. The nose ring or stud  is possible to wear only once  the nose is  pierced.

The doll is dressed in a traditional  Indian female outfit called sari. The pants are  called salwar kameez and they are possibly made by Punjabi Indians. The doll salwar kameez are blue  and they are sown very narrow with zari (golden trim) around the ankle. The doll also wears on the left leg an anklet made out of pearls.

Some Indian sari just like the one doll wears are decorated with zari (golden trims). The zari used to be  traditionally weaved with a gold tread or  real gold strips were applied onto the fabric. Zari  was  made during the Mughal empire in India. The cotton sari could also refer to  Tangail cotton  sari with  zari  which would take us to Bangladesh.  However golden trims on sari  were used  in India and in Pakistan. Punjab Indians live in Pakistan too.

The hairstyle is simple one long plated pony tail  decorated with ornaments. It is Punjabi women  hairstyle but  the women in the temple city Kanchipurau in Indian state Tamil Nadu also like this hairstyle.

The doll also has red cords sown into  her fingers and toes to give an impression of red nail polish. The eyes and mouth are drawn with a pen.