A Brief History of Wooden Dolls
Wooden Dolls were amongst the first children’s toys to have been made. Dolls representing babies, animals, and even representations of tools used by adults are regularly found at archaeological sites the world over. Many materials were used – Clay, wood, scraps of bone – all were carved and shaped by the hands of a loving parent, to amuse or comfort a small child.
The earliest and most primitive dolls were made from carved wood, and even today, wooden toys are still a popular choice for younger children – they are robust, can be painted in bright colours, and offer the child lots of scope to exercise their latent creativity and imagination.
Peggy Nisbet’s interest in expanding her range of dolls led her to look back to the toys our grandparents played with, and the result was the wooden dolls shown here, to the delight of doll lovers everywhere.