"Frozen Charlotte" Doll

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Title

"Frozen Charlotte" Doll

Description

Inspired by the cautionary tale “Fair Charlotte,” in which a young woman froze to death after refusing her mother's advice to dress warmly for a sleigh ride, this German-made china doll was created as a bathing toy for young children in the late nineteenth century. The dolls stood anywhere from 1/4 inch to 5 inches, often with painted-on faces and hair. They were could also be baked into cakes or displayed in miniature coffins in the home.

Source

Recovered from excavation prior to construction of Rutgers-Camden dormitory, 330 Cooper Street, Camden, N.J.

Publisher

Rutgers University-Camden

Date

Late nineteenth century; photograph April 2018.

Contributor

Amanda Cross (Graduate Student, American Material Culture, Spring 2018); photograph by Jacob Lechner.

Rights

Collection of Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts

Relation

Affleck, Richard, George Cress, Ingrid Weubber, Rebecca White, Kimberly Morrell, and Thomas Kutys. Phase II and Data-Recovery Archaeological Excavations of the Smith-Maskell Site Cooper Street Development Camden, New Jersey. Archaeological Excavation Report, Burlington: URS Corporation.

Format

China doll, 4 inches in length.

Original Format

Photograph

Collection

Citation

“"Frozen Charlotte" Doll,” Learning From Cooper Street, accessed August 7, 2022, https://omeka.camden.rutgers.edu/items/show/10.

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