Germany: Black Forest (Schwarzwald) (I)

Front view
Front view

General description Doll with costume typical of the Black Forest villages Gutachten, Kirnbach and Reichenbach

Dimensions 16.5 cm x 8.5 cm x 9 cm

Date when acquired 2013

Original Date Early 1960s

Source Germany. Present from Anne-Marie. Was given to her by her parents when she was a child.



Plastic doll with movable eyes and painted features. Her arms are movable but her legs are rigid. She has long auburn hair drawn back from a central parting into two plaits tied with black ribbons.


Back view
Back view


The doll is wearing a Dirndl with a black felt skirt, brocade waistcoat, white cotton blouse and red apron. The skirt has a red felt band jutting out below the hem. The greyish waistcoat has large blue flowers woven into the material. It is decorated with two brass buttons on the front and has a piece of golden lace braid around the neck. The sleeves of the blouse are puffed at the shoulder but loose round the elbows. There is lace around the cuffs. Her apron is tied at the back and has white lace along its lower edge.

She is wearing white cotton underpants. Her white stockings are painted onto the plastic, while her low shoes are made of black plastic.

She is wearing a typical Black Forest straw Bollenhut with four red pompoms on it. This indicates that she is unmarried. However, the knot of her apron tied at the back shows that she is widowed, so this is a confusing combination.


Bollen (pompoms)
Bollen (pompoms)



Source(s) of information

See also Germany: Black Forest (Schwarzwald) – General information.



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