Monday, May 19, 2014

Porcelain Half Dolls

Hello dear ones,

Today I'm sharing our little collection of porcelain half dolls, and here is a little bit of history about them which reached the height of their popularity between 1900 and 1930. The majority of these dolls were made in Germany, with some being produced in Italy, England, France, America and Japan. These early half dolls were expensive and considered an extravagant possession. In the 1920s, the dolls became more modern in appearance, displaying bobs and flapper attire. Later models did not possess the same quality of design, being mass produced and poorly glazed.

Half dolls were employed in a wide variety of uses in early 20th-century households.  Most commonly, the dolls functioned as pincushions, whisk brooms, bottle stoppers, lamp shades and powder puffs.  Other half dolls sported wide, flowing skirts that could cover teapots, toiletries or other objects.

Because half dolls were often sculpted without clothing, they also served as useful models for young ladies learning to sew.

Have a lovely week!



  1. Beautiful Wendy, your photo's are great. Love your blog.

  2. Oh, how pretty, Wendy!

    I never realized there were so many uses for these beautiful half dolls - love the ideas!

    I will keep my eyes open for them now.

    Enjoyed your Clare de Lune music, so serene and lovely.

    Have a wonderful day.

  3. Wendy your collection of half dolls is impressive!
    Your photos are beautiful they pick up the true beauty of your dolls....


  4. Thank you so for stopping by. The half dolls are pretty, I am sure my grandmother had them when I was young, she used to sew doll clothing. Have a wonderful weekend. Alaina

  5. Dearest Wendy,
    What an interesting and informative post about half dolls!
    We are learning from each other by reading blogs like a great magazine.
    You have such a lovely cut-out embroidered table cloth. Great photos and romantic setting.
    Hugs to you,

  6. Dearest Wendy,
    Happy Birthday to you!

  7. Wow, what a beautiful place here. Happy birthday. I too love half dolls.

  8. Dearest Wendy,
    Thanks for your visit and wishing you all a Happy 2015 in good health. Hope your study is going well.

  9. Que bonito blog! Felicitaciones

  10. I haven't been by here in a while, and I just wanted to say hi, and I hope you are doing well! It appears that you haven't posted in a while, either. I trust there is nothing wrong, but that you are simply enjoying life! God bless you. :)

    1. Thank you for your kind words and for visiting my blog! Everything is well ... to God be the glory! I went back to college, so not much time for blogging :( Wishing you and yours God's blessings! With lots of love, Wendy



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