24 May 2007
This lot is offered without a reserve
AN ENGLISH POURED WAX CHILD DOLL
POSSIBLY BY H.J. MEECH, CIRCA 1880
With inset long blonde mohair with fringe, fixed pale blue striated eyes, inset lashes and eyebrows, head turned slightly to the right, cloth body and wax limbs, wearing original muslin party frock decorated with blue satin ribands and lace, petticoat, shift, pantalets, shoe and sock, left thumb and right big toe missing, note only one shoe and sock
22 in. (56 cm.) high
Family tradition has it that the doll was a gift from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert presented during their visit to Scone Palace in 1842. The doll dates from the late 19th century and because of its unplayed with condition, it may have been a present given at a later date. Queen Victoria is known to have given similar elaborately dressed wax dolls to other children.
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Lady Marjorie Louisa Murray (born 1858) and Mabel Emily Murray (born 1859) were daughters of William David Murray, Viscount Stormont,and Emily Louisa MacGregor, and would both have been of an appropriate age to have been the owner of the doll.
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