Early Republic fashion doll, ca. 1787

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


In 1787, English styles were the height of fashion in Germany, France, and the new United States. Large bonnets trimmed with feathers were popular. Fashion dolls, dressed in the latest styles, often were sent between royal courts in Europe, and later to America, to keep people apprised of current fashion in eras before magazines became the primary source of information about fashion.

While this doll represents circa 1787 fashions, it is unclear when the doll was made, perhaps after 1820. It is one in a set of eight fashion dolls spanning circa 1787 to 1820. This doll represents the earliest fashions in the eight piece set.

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  • Title: Early Republic fashion doll, ca. 1787
  • Creation Date: circa 1820
  • Subject Date: circa 1787
  • Media: Wood, silk
  • Local Code: 4270*a
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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