Victorian dolls

During the late Middle Ages, dolls served as royal luxuries, ornamental gifts and fashion representatives.

While the courts dominated the cultural life of Europe, dolls belonged to the favorite presents made by or to royalty. Dressed up as elaborately and richly as possible, they were representative of the fashion-conscious spirit of epochs such as baroque, rococo and empire. Also, they had the important task that is now fulfilled by our modern fashion magazines. A lady of nobility, eager to know about the latest trends and newest styles, would order a doll dressed by a famous fashion designer. Those splendid little 'ladies of fashion' are probably the most instructive tools for anyone interested in the history of costumes. So, we understand that the 'fashion dolls' were not meant to be playthings for little girls. Possibly some mothers gave them to their children after their dress was no longer considered dernier cri (latest style). It is said that most of them became ornamental exhibits in salons and reception halls.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the preferred dolls were miniature royalties: princes and princesses in glamorous outfits. These were followed by those of all types of professions; ballet dancers in tulle and lace, brides, nuns, nurses, judges, doctors and kitchen chefs, chimney cleaners with a pail, and later soldiers, sportsmen, sailors, famous people, etc. In addition, one favorite doll has outlived all the others: the baby doll.

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Victorian Doll value and price guide

What's your Victorian Doll worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
reproduction bru jne 15 french victorian 30in patricia Reproduction Bru Jne 15 French Victorian 30in Patricia 09/2021 $3 498.98
18 black heinrich handwerck doll simon halbig elegant 18 Black Heinrich Handwerck Doll Simon Halbig Elegant 09/2021 $826.99
new sadie 26 in victorian janis berard porcelain doll New Sadie 26 In Victorian Janis Berard Porcelain Doll 08/2021 $359.80
rare rustie doll limited edition victorian lady doll Rare Rustie Doll Limited Edition Victorian Lady Doll 10/2021 $234.00
elegant 42 inch porcelain rustie doll victorian style Elegant 42 Inch Porcelain Rustie Doll Victorian Style 10/2021 $350.00
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Comments (2)
Sara - September 3, 2021
WHERE WOULD I GO TO FIND AN AUTHENTIC CHILD SIZED PATTERN TO MAKE A SUIT TYPICALLY WORN IN MOZARTS 1700'S, I WANT TO DRESS A VINTAGE PORCELAIN DOLL, THANK YOU
Not sure, you could try this page. There are a few on eBay: Victorian doll patterns.
Tia - July 29, 2021
I would like to know more about the victorian dolls by the victorian Trading co... named curlilocks
Hi Tia, I'm afraid I don't know much about these replica dolls... There are only a few for sale on eBay, for between 30-35 USD: Victorian Trading Curlilocks.