Germany: Bückeburg, Lower Saxony (I)

Front view
Front view

General description This red-skirted woman (Rotrockfrau) is wearing the festive costume used in Bückeburg with the typical pinner hat (Flügelhaube).

Dimensions 13 cm x 6.5 cm x 6 cm

Date when acquired 2013

Original Date 1965 bought in Bremen, Germany

Source Present from Anne-Marie. Was given to her by her parents when she was a child. Was in plastic container with Bückeburg, the name Ursel and the number 20 on it.



Plastic body with movable arms and legs. Her features are painted. Her hair is hidden under her hat.


Back view
Back view


She is wearing a plain black bodice with a white puff-sleeved blouse underneath it. The blouse has lace on the cuffs. She has a very large white lace ruff around her neck (Halskrause or Kragen). A long broad double ribbon is hanging down the front to almost the bottom of her apron. The doll is wearing the traditional Schaumburg full red skirt with gold braid around the bottom. It seems to be of cotton and hangs down to mid-calf. On top, she has a plain green silky apron. Her white socks and low black shoes are painted on.

Her hat is quite remarkable: a gold “bell-boy” cap has long black bands folded over it to form lappets at the sides: the lower layer from the back facing forwards and the top layer over the crown facing downwards.





View of hat crown
View of hat crown

Background information

Bückeburg is a town in Lower Saxony in the north of Germany. Its traditional costume (Trachten) belongs to the Schaumburg region, the land of the red skirts (Land der roten Röcke). However, the Bückeburg Trachten it is rather different due to the special women’s hat. The Bückeburg pinner (Flügelhaube) is a variant of a 17th– and 18th-century woman’s cap with long lappets. Normally, the aprons are embroidered not plain green like in this doll. Also the skirts are embroidered at the bottom and do not have gold braid like this one. Another name for this type of costume is Westerten Trachten.

The women of Bückeberg wore their Trachten on a day-to-day basis the longest in Germany, up until 1996. Nowadays, it is no longer used except on special occasions.


Source(s) of information (accessed 6 August 2015) (accessed 6 August 2015)

Grimpe K. Tracht an! (accessed 6th August 2015)



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