Welsh costume doll D24

number : D24

D24 front 1 D24 reverse (2)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Childhood : misc.303-1980

Costume: hat, apron/shift and chemise.

Body: Bisque-headed doll, made by Armand Marseille of Germany, marked: 390/ A. 5/0 M.

Hat: made of card, painted black

Height : without hat 36cm

General observations: The red cheesecloth housecoat or shift is covered by a multi-coloured apron. The chemise is a piece of fabric, not a finished garment.

Date: about 1900.

CONSERVATOR’S REPORT
For an explanation of the structure of this report see Welsh doll project. See also glossary of terms

component : Whole
construction : Doll with clothing comprising hat, apron/shift and chemise.
measurements : Doll length without hat 36cm

item : Hat
number : D24.1
component : Whole
construction : Tapered stove-pipe with flat crown & broad brim
measurements : Crown height: 6cm. Crown tip circ:16cm. Brim width: 2cm. Brim circ: 37cm

component : Material
construction : painted/lacquered card in a single layer
pattern : none
material – other : cardboard
colour – other : black
finish : painted, shiny

item : Apron/shift
number : D24.2
component : Whole
construction : A short-sleeved cotton ‘housecoat’ or shift, with attached apron at front in a different fabric. The shift has a bodice and skirt, back opening, all machine sewn. Apron is attached at shoulders and waist. This is made from two pieces, bib and skirt. All machine sewn.
measurements : Apron length: 19.5cm

component : Fabric 1
construction : Shift of red cheesecloth
pattern : none
technique 1 : woven
technique 2 : plain
thread count ends / wales per cm : 20
thread count picks / rows per cm : 18
twist warp : Z
twist weft : Z
fibre – warp : cotton
fibre – warp : cotton
colour – warp : red
colour – weft : red

component : Fabric 2
construction : Apron in blue/orange/white/red stripe
pattern : striped
technique 1 : printed stripe
technique 2 : woven, plain
thread count ends / wales per cm : 12
thread count picks / rows per cm : 11
twist warp : Z,2S
twist weft : Z,2S
fibre – warp : cotton
fibre – warp : cotton
colour – warp : white
colour – weft : white
colour – other : printed
finish : possibly with dressing
microscopic analysis? : yes

component : Stitching
construction : Machine stitching construction thread
technique 1 : machine sewn
twist yarn : Z
material – other : cotton
colour – other : white

item : Chemise
number : D24.3
component : Whole
construction : The chemise is not a finished garment but a scrap of cloth which has been arranged and pinned on the doll to resemble a chemise. Cotton muslin with lace trim at lower edge.

component : Fabric 1
construction : White cotton
pattern : none
technique 1 : woven
technique 2 : plain
thread count ends / wales per cm : 36
thread count picks / rows per cm : 32
twist warp : S
twist weft : S
fibre – warp : cotton
fibre – warp : cotton
colour – warp : white
colour – weft : white

component : Fabric 2
construction : lace trim
pattern : floral
technique 1 : warp knitted
thread count ends / wales per cm :
twist yarn : S
material – other : cotton
colour – other : white

component : Stitching 1
construction : machine sewn
technique 1 : machine sewn
technique 2 : straight stitch
twist yarn : not recorded
material – other : cotton
colour – other : white

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