Porcelain dolls like those displayed in the nursery were a luxury during the 19th century. There were no doll factories in the United States until very late in the century, so dolls were either homemade or imported from Europe.

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19th century Spanish doll with papier-mache head and cloth body, donated by Phineas Banning’s great, great granddaughter.
German-made bisque doll has leather legs and a wig of real human hair, circa 1880.