M18535.1 | Doll

 
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Doll
About 1875, 19th century
54 cm
Gift of Miss E. L. Perchard
M18535.1
© McCord Museum
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This doll, which is typical of the second half of the 19th century, is wearing a dress that was fashionable after the 1870s. Between 1860 and 1890, several such dolls flooded the market. They were called Parisian dolls because they wore the Parisian fashions that were so popular at the time. Originally, these dolls were used as toys and even as miniature mannequins for displaying a seamstress's designs.

The first Parisian dolls were made by French manufacturers. Later, they were made in large numbers by manufacturers in other countries. This one was made in Germany. At that time, most of the manufactured toys available in Canada came from Europe, and only the children of well-to-do families could ever hope to own them.