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On Display: Museum of London: People's City: Making Ends Meet
Small doll dressed in the uniform of the London Shoe Black Brigade. With painted bisque head on jointed wooden body. Hands and legs of painted wood. Clothes of wool and cotton. Accompanied by wooden shoe stand on which is attached a brush. Such dolls could be purchased cheaply and then dressed at home. Charities often used to sell such items at bazaars to raise funds. Presumably this was dressed and sold to raise funds for the Shoe Black Brigade which protected young child shoe blacks from exploitation and the temptations of street life.
H 92 mm; L 78 mm; D 16 mm H 12 mm; L 15 mm; D 28 mm (small box)
ceramic; wood; wool; cotton
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