Thursday, February 27, 2014
Children with Dolls 16C - 18C
Most ancient dolls that were found in children's tombs were simple creations, often made from clay, rags, wood, bone, ivory or wax. Early European dolls were primarily made of wood. Primitive wooden stump dolls from 16th & 17th century England number less than 30 today. The Grodnertal area of Germany produced many peg wooden dolls, a type of doll that has very simple peg joints & resembles a clothespin.
In addition to wooden dolls, wax dolls were popular in Europe during the 17C & 18C. Wax modelers would model a doll head in wax or clay, & then use plaster to create a mold from the head. They would pour melted wax into the cast; however the wax for the head would be very thin & fragile.