Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will be closed Tuesday, January 27 and will reopen Wednesday, January 28. For details, please visit our calendar.

Doll blanket in carrying strap

Doll blanket in carrying strap
Doll blanket in carrying strap
Wool, leather, metal
Overall (when rolled up): 2 1/8 x 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (5.4 x 13.3 x 8.9 cm)
Blue, green and black wool plaid doll's picnic blanket with fringed edges rolled in brown leather carrying strap with 2 metal buckles.
Credit Line 
Gift of Marian F. Fraser
Object Number 
Gallery Label 
This doll, Helen, her wardrobe and trunk were originally owned by Mary Augusta Colson whose seafaring family roots were in Brooklyn, New York and New England. The doll was purchased for Mary as a favor to Captain Colson by the owner of his ship, Vernon H. Brown in 1876. Mrs. Brown spent weeks with her dressmaker designing the most current fashions for the doll. Mary was later photographed with her doll in Boston, as were successive generations of female descendants, including the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group