Tiniest Dolls on a Penwipe

Small joys come in simple small boxes….

I have been spending random time looking at nineteenth century penwipes lately. Several penwipe designs incorporate dolls, causing doll fun time and history time to collide and get all blurry. I am going to do my best to keep the doll related posts here on Don’t Paint the Cat, but I may occasionally share them on If I had My Own Blue Box.

Surfing through the antique pin cushion category of ebay, as I often do to get a little inspiration, I stumbled upon this great piece labeled as a needle case. It is actually a penwipe. The basic construction under the dolls is a common one for pen wipes: layers of pinked wool under neatly placed, folded pinked wool.

The tiny bisque dolls on top are what make this go from neat to awesome. This basic pen wipe construction is found alone, with a little decoration, with a textile figure, or with little metal figures. These dolls in their great shape are extra fun showing the variety of pen wipes.

The dolls are in great shape. The only age damage present I see the blue doll’s hem and maybe one hand. I need a magnifying glass to see that clearly. Really, they are that small.

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