Germany: East Friesland (Ostfriesland), Lower Saxony (?)

Front view
Front view

General description Female doll dressed in East Friesian costume according to her box

Dimensions 14 cm x 9 cm x 8 cm

Date when acquired 2013

Original Date Early 1960s

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




Plastic with sleeping eyes (now stuck) and painted features. Her arms are movable but her legs are rigid. Her reddish hair is drawn back from a central parting into two plaits tied at the back with red ribbon.


Back view
Back view


She is wearing a moss green silk dress with a black band around the cuffs of her long sleeves and the hem of her long skirt. The neck is straight and high. Around her neck she is wearing a shawl tucked into the belt of her apron. The shawl is crotched with green cotton and has a long fluffy pink fringe. Her apron is a lilac-pink silk and has two black braids with green zig-zags along the bottom. There is a long “ribbon” in red with a white, stylised leaf design weaved into it. She is wearing a stiff white cotton petticoat and knee-length woollen drawers. Her long white socks and low black shoes are painted on.

She is wearing a white lace Doucette cap with a piece of black ribbon behind the front frill and a black ribbon tied in a bow at the back.


Top view of the dousette cap
Top view of the dousette cap




Background information

Nothing on this doll fits the description for the East Friesian costume, despite the fact her box said she comes from there.

See East Friesland information.



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