Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2-17-16



Another day in the life...
As you know, I have been trying to go through a rather large stash of randomosity... bits and bobs I've collected over the years... from yard sales, garage sales, dumpster dives... things people have given, thrown out... discarded...
The past few days I have been looking up info on a few things to potentially sell.

Among those items, are a couple little frozen charlotte type dolls (text below is from Wiki).
"Frozen Charlotte is a name used to describe a specific form of China doll made from c. 1850 to c. 1920. The name comes from the American folk ballad “Fair Charlotte”, which tells of a young girl called Charlotte who refused to wrap up warmly to go on a sleigh ride because she did not want to cover up her pretty dress; and she froze to death during the journey. The Frozen Charlotte doll is made in the form of a standing, naked figure molded all in one piece. These dolls may also be seen described as pillar dollssolid chinas or bathing babies. The dolls ranged in size from under an inch to 18 inches plus. The smallest dolls were sometimes used as charms in Christmas puddings. Smaller sizes were very popular for putting in doll houses. Occasionally versions are seen with a glazed china front and an unglazed stoneware back. This enabled the doll to float on its back when placed in a bath. Frozen Charlotte dolls were popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. Smaller versions of the dolls were also known as penny dolls, because they were often sold for a cent. Most were made in Germany. They are also made in bisque; and can come in white, pink-tinted, or, more rarely, painted black. Some rare examples have molded shirts. Male dolls (identified by their boyish hairstyles) are called Frozen Charlies."

The red toned one in the 2nd photo is actually called "Charlie Redware," with redware referring to the flesh tone of the doll because they were made from a red clay. And the bottom photo is of the more typical style of frozen Charlotte dolls.

See you all tomorrow...