Doll named "Hagar Tyler"
Late 18th-early 19th century; replaced clothing
Wooden, molded plaster head; replaced cotton clothing.
Acc. No. 1958-242
Doll with body carved in one piece with wire butt joint at arms and hip. One leg missing. Face has brown painted eyes with dotted brows, carved nose, and painted cheeks and lips; hair consists of a bundle of flax, though probably originally had hair wig. Clothing, which is not original, consists of rose and white printed muslin bodice, white cotton outer skirt, plain cotton petticoat, a plaid cotton petticoat, and remnants of a black silk petticoat (which suggests doll was once more formally dressed). Embroidered mull and lace cap.
Label:This small wooden doll descended in the Tyler family of Virginia until 1930, when it was acquired by the last owner. The family reported that the doll's name was "Hagar". The doll was copied and sold in Colonial Williamsburg retail stores for many years.
Provenance:Doll is said to have been in the Tyler family of Virginia until 1930, when it was acquired by the last owner, Mrs. Donald Fraser. The family reported that the doll's name was "Hagar".