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Doll and Wardrobe, Sanitary Fair

Decorative Arts

Dolls were highly popular as toys and collectibles in the nineteenth century, and this rare example, with its extensive wardrobe and exquisitely detailed accessories, was outfitted by a local dressmaker named Eliza Lefferts and sold at the Brooklyn and Long Island Sanitary Fair of 1864. The style and quality of its clothing are representative of an urban, upper-middle-class girl’s wardrobe. Among the many unique objects in the doll’s ensemble is an elaborate toiletries set that was likely a gesture to educate the public about personal hygiene.
DATES 1864
DIMENSIONS Doll (approximate height): 12 in. (30.5 cm) Trunk (approximately): 9 x 16 x 9 1/2 in. (22.9 x 40.6 x 24.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Ira B. Downs
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CAPTION Doll and Wardrobe, Sanitary Fair, 1864., Doll (approximate height): 12 in. (30.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Ira B. Downs, 24.311mn. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 24.311_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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