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Set of paper dolls in box with lid: A Boston Lady and her Children

about 1855


H x W (Box): 22 x 16.4 cm (8 11/16 x 6 7/16 in.)

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Boxed paper doll set: mother and children. Paper doll set in thirty-two parts with two stands in a box with a lid.

51.2338.1-Illustrated box lid, printed with “B” at the top, then “The Boston Lady and Her Children / the most Beautifull in the World / In a variety of Beautifull Costumes” showing mother and young boy and girl and flower border

51.2338.2-Box bottom, blue/pink cardboard

51.2338.3-Brown hair with blue bow and long ribbons

51.2338.4-Head with blue and white bonnet and blue bow

51.2338.5-Back of head with beaded hair ornament

51.2338.6-Head with green and pink flowers and pink bonnet

51.2338.7-Head with gray bonnet and green and red flowers

51.2338.8-Young girl’s head with blonde curls and blue flower garland

51.2338.9-Head with blonde hair and blue garland with pink bow

51.2338.10-Head with fur or feather hat and blue had with long ribbon

51.2338.11-Head with blue hat with yellow rim and pink flowers

51.2338.12-Young boy’s head with brown hair and black hat with blue feather and pink bow

51.2338.13-Young boy’s head with brown hair and gray hat with white feather

51.2338.14-White lace or embroidered (wedding?) dress with two floral sprays and yellow gloves (front and back)

51.2338.15-White lace or embroidered (wedding?) dress with yellow gloves, one hand holding Bible and other a blue handkerchief (front and back)

51.2338.16-Wedding veil back (probably matching above dress)

51.2338.17-Blue and black striped dress with large lace engangeants and one hand holding what look like spectacles while other holds handkerchief (front and back)

51.2338.18-Green gown with lavish petticoat featuring gold phoenix or peacock embroidery and blue and red flowers all over, one hand holding red fan(?) (front and back)

51.2338.19-Brown dress with white pleated shirt, gray or lavender gloves and right hand holding green parasol (front and back)

51.2338.20-Red dress with black lace trim with hands folded in front wearing blue gloves (front and back)

51.2338.21-Pink dress with red fringe trim, wearing yellow gloves, right hand holding blue fan (front and back)

51.2338.22-Girl’s white dress holding colorful flower garland overhead, red shoes (front and back)

51.2338.23-Girl’s blue dress with black or brown coat, holding embroidery frame and box (front and back)

51.2338.24-Girl’s red and white dress and blue coat with dog and flower basket (front and back)

51.2338.25-Girl’s red dress with green jacket holding doll in blue and yellow dress (front and back)

51.2338.26-Boy’s skating costume of green pants, red military jacket, blue cape and gold sword (front and back)

51.2338.27-Boy’s costume of white pants and brown, blue, and red painting smock, holding portfolio or drawing board (front and back)

51.2338.28-Boy’s drummer costume, red pants and blue jacket with drum (military camp in background) (front and back)

51.2338.29-Boy’s gardening costume of short black pants with red and yellow stripe, white shirt, holding shovel and spray of pink flowers (front and back)

51.2338.30-Young girl doll standing on pink carpet with green shoes (front and back)

51.2338.31-Young boy doll with green shoes

51.2338.32-Adult female doll standing on brown carpet

51.2338.33-Adult female doll standing on pink carpet

51.2338.34-35: Two black round wooden doll stands

51.2338.36-37: Two reddish wood doll stands, half-moon shaped


Gift of Miss Aimée Lamb and Miss Rosamond Lamb of Milton, Massachusetts to the MFA, September 13, 1951.

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Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb