This late 19th century antique wood and wicker doll buggy is in the "Stick and Ball" style. It is in the Heywood Wakefield style of the period, but I am not sure of the maker. It is all original down to its padded inner support upholstery which is in really good shape. It has little umbrella which I think attached at the mechanism at the head of the stroller and hung over the stroller for shade. The umbrella is there but not the attachment mechanism and the umbrella with its original fabric (stained) is as is.
Is such fine condition, the carriage stroller measures 34.5" long, 14.5-15" wide, and 27" high. It is large enough to fit a little baby and may have been a baby rather than a doll, but fits dolls perfectly. The museum id. tag is "#18 HF 4-27-00" (date of loan to the museum). It was one of two carriages we removed after mom's passing to leave room for other things we brought in from her collection. It will need to go to our specialty shippers for packaging to insure it gets to you unharmed. See provenance below:
The Harriet Elberson Free Doll & Toy Museum Collection Provenance:
When our mother decided to take on a new interest, she jumped in 150%! She lived it, breathed it, mastered it. As a child who had a limited childhood, she was drawn to antique dolls and toys. For years, she went to antique shops, antique shows, flea markets, private sales treasure hunting, collecting antique dolls, toys, antique jewelry, lace, ribbon and cloth. She had made dolls earlier, of the crocheted or cloth variety, and also for years had a small ceramic shop as a hobby. Very gifted, detail oriented, the collection filled her home before being put on loan to the museum in historic Deer Lodge where she lived most of her adult life.
She was a superb seamstress and after instruction became a master doll artist herself. She used the antique jewelry, laces, ribbons, and accessories to complete her dolls and to restore original antique doll outfits. Her collection of antique, vintage and replica dolls along with antique and vintage toys and teddy bears has been displayed since 2000 in the Powell County Historic Museum in Deer Lodge Montana. Her large collection is housed in Yesterdays Playthings, one of the original historic prison administration buildings and is on display from May until the fall. The museum tells us that over 50,000 view the collection and the old prison museum complex each year. Her legacy is a great support for the community of Deer Lodge. Her collection is numbered with a tag and with red dots.
These dolls and strollers offered here were removed from the museum shortly before and after her passing as they were her favorites. Their sale will help to preserve the large collection that remains in the museum as her legacy to Montana. The jewelry is the remaining collection of antique and vintage jewelry hand picked for use on her antique and replica dolls.