Doll brushes and comb

Object Number: 
2004.47.42a-c
Date: 
1870-1880
Medium: 
Horn, hair, wood
Dimensions: 
Part (brush): 5/8 x 2 x 3/4 in. (1.6 x 5.1 x 1.9 cm) Part (comb): 2 5/8 x 1/2 in. (6.7 x 1.3 cm) Part (handled brush):
Description: 
3 piece dressing set comprised of a horn comb, rectangular wooden brush and oval faced handled brush; brushes have applied paper decoration on their backs in a bright red, green, orange and black floral motif.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Marian F. Fraser
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group