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Catalog Number 2008.304.1
Object Name Doll
Description Blond-haired doll wearing burnished pearl necklace, cream brocade dress with an insert in the skirt area decorated with sequins, and a yellow flower corsage. Related document describes doll as German with a "composition shoulder head with Mohair wig and kid leather body." Additional document indicates the doll represents "the renowned Grand Opera Singer 'Madame Patti' [and] was dressed by Mrs. S.A. Holt, local milliner. It was contributed to the Eureka Engine Co. Fair, January 19-22, 1885, to be given to the little girl having the most votes (?). The lucky winner was Nellie L. Balcolm who years later gave it to the Society. The body is white kid, and is remarkable lifelike face and head and lovely hands are of 'German Bisque'." Accompanying card reads "Ladies and gentleman, I have the pleasure of introducing myself as Madame Patti. I shall be at the town hall Hudson on the evenings of Jan. 19, 20, 21 + 22nd at which time I shall be approachable to both old and young at [illegible.] M. Patti." Same card lists a year of 1885. Stand belongs to doll and has "Happy Daddy" written on the bottom.
Date 1885
Credit line Gift of Miss Nellie Balcolm