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Object Name Doll
Date 1906 ca
Description Female doll named "May Blossom", 18" in height, bisque head, blue glass eyes, open mouth with teeth showing, blonde hair, strung joints at elbows, wrists, top of legs and knees, defined fingers. Costume is ivory dress with lace at top of bodice waist, wrists and skirt. Under layer is apron in off white with rows of pleats and scalloped edge. This is a Kestner 162.

This doll was a favorite of Augustine's. Named May Blossom, the doll was "saved from the fire" when the first Blithewold burned in 1906. Family friend, Estelle Clements, made beautiful clothes for the doll, a whole wardrobe of coats, hats, dresses, petticoats, even handkerchiefs, some of which are preserved as part of Blithewold's textile collection.

A wooden cradle (1976.1.1071) given especially for use by May Blossom, was sent to Augustine from Estelle Clements, Christmas 1903.
Associated with Augustine Van Wickle Shaw Toland
Clements, Estelle
Maker's Information Incised on back: Germany 2
Material Bisque, glass, composition, fabric
Dimensions H-18 inches
Condition Good
Catalog Number 1976.1.0528
Search Terms Doll
Named "May Blossom"
lace costume
1906 fire