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Doll - Frozen Charlotte, Stoneware, circa 1880 (Part) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 069273

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.
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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 15 mm (Height), 30 mm (Width), 35 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Trench Unit Number: 04/17/11

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