Added to the shop today is this exceptional carved wooden miniature wheelbarrow. It is perfect to be displayed with smaller French fashion dolls! I have included a photo of an original engraving from "La Poupee Modele", circa 1860s, showing a 'Mode Enfantine' young girl with a similar wheelbarrow! What an opportunity to stage a similar vignette!
The wheelbarrow is made of a lightweight, fine-grained wood - perhaps lime or linden wood. The side panels, wheel and handles are all surface-carved with flowers and leaves, which are further highlighted with touches of paint. The sections are held together with tiny brass brads. There is one tiny area near the axle on one side panel that has a small repair, but it must be pointed out to be seen.
The dimensions of this item are: 11" long x 3" wide x 4" high ( 28 x 7 x 10 cm). I have displayed it with Mlle. Fanny, who stands 14 1/2" (37 cm) tall. my best guess is that the wheelbarrow is best scaled for dolls standing 11 - 14" (28 - 36 cm) tall. Apart from the above mentioned repair, the barrow is in perfect condition.
Whimsical Carved Wood Wheelbarrow for Doll Display - French Fashion