Summary

This head of a Frozen Charlotte doll was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

Frozen Charlottes were typically unjointed china dolls that ranged in height from 25 mm to 100 mm (the museum's example is 42mm). Originating in the USA, they were popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The 25 mm (or 1”) dolls were commonly known as 'penny dolls' as they sold for 1¢ in America.

From the number of Frozen Charlotte dolls (or parts thereof) uncovered in archaeological digs in Little Lon, we can surmise these dolls were popular in Melbourne too. The discovery of two hand carved wooden Frozen Charlottes also indicates that the type was adapted by local people.

Physical Description

This is the head of a doll. The features have been hand painted over the glaze. It has blue eyes, red lip, pink cheeks and dark parted hair.

Physical Description

Face of figurine or doll. Blue eyes, red lip & cheeks, dark parted hair. Incomplete. 36mm high, 27mm wide Handpainted over glaze. 04/12/-/-/133 is part of this figurine.

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