Thursday, 14 March 2013

Dolls In National Costume

Did your aunties ever bring you back dolls in national costume from their foreign holidays?  That's how I acquired these - many, many moons ago!

 
 
The dark haired one is from Ireland, I think - I'm going to call her Colleen.

 
Not sure where the other one is from ... Scandinavia, perhaps. I'm sure someone out there will let me know.  I'm going to call her Ingrid.  She is a really well made doll - her legs and arms move and her hair is lovely.

 
I used to have a collection (well, about six, including Wales and Scotland) - my aunties didn't venture too far!


And, yes, before you ask ......... they are both wearing knickers ........ the dolls that is, not the aunties (although I'm sure they did too)!

 
Love, Liz 

22 comments:

delia hornbook said...

Those are really sweet, I managed to pick up a tiny old doll similar a few months back normally old dolls freak me out but she had such a sweet face i bought her home but im not sure what country she is from. dee x

gillyflower said...

Seeing your lovely collection brings back memories! Not sure what happened to mine though!I think I had the odd one from Spain and Switzerland, but popular air travel abroad for holidays was still taking off in the 60s.
Gill xx

Bijou Sugar-Socks said...

ur post reminds me of the children's song "My Aunt Came Back! from (insert whatever country) and she brought me back a (insert whatever was well-known in said country)" lovely dolls!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

I had lots of these dolls when I was younger, I really liked my little welsh doll best! :) x

Rachael said...

Their eyes are so beautiful - how lovely!

Plain Jane said...

I remember having a rather glamorous lady from Spain in a blue flamenco outfit and a Welsh lady in National costume. Last week I saw a box of them in a charity shop and had great fun trying to guess where each one had come from - I was sort of tempted to buy them but they looked a little worse for wear! It certainly brought memories flooding back x Jane (P.S. glad that your Aunties are properly attired!)

Vix said...

My Dad worked abroad when I was a child and always bought home a doll for me. I came across a boxful when I was clearing recently and I'll sell them at a vintage fair! x

Irene said...

Yes Liz, I too can remember the dolls.
Thank you for sharing them withus.
luv
irene
xxxx

Patricia said...

Yes I remember getting some too. My gran bought me one from Germany and also Spain. I think I had a Welsh one too. Not sure whatever happened to them though.
Patricia x

Paulette said...

Love the dolls and the memories they evoke, lovely post.

the vanilla squirrel said...

..love your dollies x

Mum said...

Yep, I did have a small collection but I can't remember how I acquired them. Isn't it funny that people pick up dolls and immediately want to look to see if they have knickers on!
Love from Mum
xx

June said...

Yes, I too had a small collection - God knows where they are now - I remember I had a little dutch one with clogs and a spanish one as well as a scottish one with bagpipes!
June

Anonymous said...

Oh Liz
Yes I can remember them too, I had one Auntie(Eileen) who traveled allover and always bought me one back.. my daughter has them now
Thea x
P.S some were not so lucky in the underwear department..poor things

sky-blu-pink said...

I had a Spanish one, a Scots guard, and a little Eskimo! Nice memories.

**Anne** said...

Looking at your dolls certainly brings back memories. My Grandma went on two world trips and brought back oodles of dolls. She use to have them sitting all on a row on her dresser.
Anne xx

Robyn of Oz said...

On our last trip to China, we bought our three granddaughters some gorgeous dolls in costume. They are just so sweet. The girls love them.

Riitta Sinikka said...

♥ lovely dolls♥ Have a happy weekend♥ xxx Riitta

Olga Rani said...

These dolls remind me of the doll that my father bought for me when I was just 3 (though it was not in national costume). I have a small collection of dolls at home, still have this weakness for dolls.

Miss Simmonds Says said...

These are great, I have a Dutch one and a Scottish one, though I don't really have any room for them anymore

weegie wummin said...

hej..I think the other doll is wearing Norwegian Bunad...national costume..this link will help you identify which region/area she came from. absolutely beautiful
http://www.norskflid.no/bunad/bunader/

Ruth Kelly said...

I adore little dolls in costume. Their dresses stay on.