An early Edwardian doll in the museum's collection of toys. It has a very good head by Kamer & Reinhart c. 1903. The articulated body is probably thirty years older."This postcard was bought from Rye Museum, in Sussex, during the 1980s. Rye was once a port on the south coast of England but is now some two miles from the sea. It has a very long history and some beautiful old buildings, including the Mermaid Inn which dates from 1156.
A whole new world has opened up to me in trying to find out who Kamer and Reinhart were. It turns out that it should be "Kämmer & Reinhardt", a doll company founded in 1886 in Waltershausen, Germany.
I read that Kämmer & Reinhardt made dolly faced dolls, and that held me up for a time, while I tried to find out what other sort of dolls anyone would make. Apparently the alternative is a character faced doll, one that looks more like a real child and has more expression.
Clearly the doll in the postcard is a dolly faced doll even if her body is 30 years older. I bet she's looking in the mirror wishing her body could be rejuvenated too. I know how she feels.
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