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Small Frozen Charlotte doll made of bisque porcelain. 3.35cm x 5.5cm - from 18BC27.Small Frozen Charlotte doll, with traces of red paint in her hair - from 18MO609.

18MO609 Jackson Homestead

Context: African-American farmstead of Malinda Jackson, (destroyed by fire), c. 1860 to c. 1915

Site Date Range: c. 1800 - 1915

Materials: Bisque porcelain

Dimensions: 3.35cm x 5.5cm.

Description: Small Frozen Charlotte doll

History: These little Frozen Charlotte dolls were popular from 1850 to 1920. Most were produced in Germany, where they were called penny dolls (King 1981:560) and were originally intended as a bath toy. Small versions were sometimes baked into cakes as party favors, and others were used as dolls. They were named after a poem entitled “Young Charlotte”, about a girl who froze to death on the way to a party because she refused to cover up her dress with a coat.