As those of you know that follow my blog know I love to gather
information about the dolls in my collection that I love.
Following is some information on Bonnett Head Dolls.
All of these dolls are in my doll collection
Bonnet Dolls are somewhat older than most dolls and are almost
all antique and are very interesting.
They are a type of dolls that were made
with the hat molded on the doll head. There were made of china, wax,
parian, celluloid, wood, composition, paper mache and straw. They
usually have painted eyes.
Many years ago no lady would appear outside her home without a scarf
or a bonnet covering her head. These dolls depict that bygone
era. Dolls have always represented the fashions of the era they were
made. Many half or pincushion dolls also fit in this category of
dolls as they often have a head covering. The bonnet styles can be
very stylishly beautiful or very whimsical. There is one that I
love. The doll has a hollyhock flower upside down for her hat.
Unfirtunately I do not own one. The
hats can be a very large style to a small hat or scarf.
The dolls and half dolls were made in a variety of sizes usually
sixteen inches tall or less. The larger heads and arms were
sometimes sold without a body and were to be placed on a cloth body
and dressed by the owner's Mother. Therefore the clothing styles are
as varied as the many people that dressed them are. Many examples of
these dolls although antique can still be found in original clothing at reasonable
prices, although prices vary by area.
I have several Bonnet Head Dolls that I just love. They have molded hairand a hat that is also part of the mold. I have one that is twenty inches tall
and is the largest of my Bonnet Head Dolls. She is made of white porcelain
and has painted blue eyes. She is very old and is considered an anitque. I have
probably had her in my collection for at least twenty years. I don;t remembe
how I acqired her. She has a leather body which is a replacement.. She is wearing a
hankercheif dress that is very pretty. I have no idea how old the dress is.
This is a side view of her head
This is a back view of the hat. The blue bow
is very detailed.
Notice the blue trim on the lace lining the ruffle
under the front of the bonnet.