Germany: Upper Swabia (?), Bavaria & Badenwürtemburg

Front view
Front view

General description Female doll in a Dirndl with a golden halo hat (Radhaube)

Dimensions 16 cm x 8 cm x 7 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.




Hard plastic with movable arms and legs. The features are painted on. Her blonde hair is drawn back from a central parting into a single plait that is wrapped around her head from left to right.


Back view
Back view


She is wearing a short white puffed-sleeved blouse with white lace around the cuffs and white lace at the yoke which peaks out above the front of the low-cut red felt bodice. The long black cotton skirt has a red silk hem. She has a lilac-pink brocade apron embroidered with a pattern in red and pink flowers and dots. The apron is tied at the front with a black ribbon. It also has a band of black lace along the lower third. She has a white cotton petticoat and underpants under the skirt. Her short white socks and black low shoes are painted on.

Her gold-mesh halo is attached to a gold crown. Between the halo and the crown is a thin black ribbon tied into a bow with two long ribbons falling almost to the hem of her skirt.


Bird's eye view of the halo
Bird’s eye view of the halo


She is wearing a black velvet choker with a single white pearl in the middle.


Background information

The choker or Kropfband around the doll’s throat is typical of Bavarian jewellery and was used to hide the almost ubiquitous goitre that affected the people of this mountainous region lacking in iodine before iodinated salt was used. Her halo hat (Radhaube) appears to be that of Upper Swabia (Oberschwaben), a region in southern Germany extending between the states of Bavaria (Lake Constance) and Baden-Würtemberg (Danube River).

See Bavaria information

See: Germany and Austria: hats (3) Halo hats


Source(s) of information;art1188140,7661921




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