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Early Barbie doll with clothes and accessories, 1962-67

This is an early Barbie doll pictured with handmade and commercial clothes and accessories from about 1962 to 1967. The doll was manufactured by Mattel Corporation, USA, from plastic, and is 295 mm in height.

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French souvenir doll with fishing net and basket of mussels, 1890-1900

This is a female doll with a fishing net and a basket of mussels. It was probably made to be a souvenir of a French coastal town, and would have been intended for display rather than play. It was made in France from bisque (unglazed pottery), wood, cotton, human hair and wool between 1880 and 1900. The body and legs are ...

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Pull-along toy horse, 1875-1900

This is a pull-along toy horse made in Germany sometime between 1870 and 1900. The horse is in a walking position and has been placed on a moulded timber platform that is inset with four cast-iron spoked wheels. The body is covered in brown-and-white animal skin, probably calf hide. The horse has a silver mane and tail, ...

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Female doll used by Eliza Wilkins, 1840-49

This is a female doll manufactured in Germany around 1840-49. It has a wax head and legs and a cloth body stuffed with sawdust. The doll's face is finely toned, with hazel-coloured glass 'sleeping eyes' that can be opened and shut by a wire mechanism at the waist. Dark brown human hair has been finely stitched onto cloth ...

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Rocking horse, late 19th century

This is a timber rocking horse, realistically carved and painted in dappled grey. It was made in the late 19th century, probably in England. The horse is depicted with outstretched legs at a full gallop, complete with turned-back hooves. These are attached to curving struts or bows that form the rockers. The action and ...

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'Swaggie' doll, 1933

This is a homemade doll dressed as a swagman, made by Rita Williams in 1933. The doll has a commercially made plastic head to which has been added a stuffed fabric body. It is dressed in a threadbare suit made from scraps of woollen fabric, a red-and-white checked neckerchief, a grey striped cotton shirt and a felt hat ...

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Pedlar doll in glass dome, 1848-60

This is a female pedlar (peddler) doll that was made in England between 1848 and 1860. The doll has a composition head and painted facial features, a large hooked nose, circular gold-wire glasses, white wool hair and a peg-jointed wooden body. The legs are straight and painted white with black feet. The doll is dressed ...

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Kewpie doll used at Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony, 2000

This is an oversized prop kewpie doll comprising a head, arms, legs and torso cast in fibreglass. It was used at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games closing ceremony. The 'skin' of the kewpie is painted pink, and the moulded facial features and hair are also painted. A red bodice has been painted onto the torso. Two arms attach ...

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Shirley Temple doll, 1935-36

This is a Shirley Temple doll manufactured by Ideal Novelty and Toy Company, USA, between 1935 and 1936. The doll has curly blonde hair, painted skin and blue 'sleep' eyes, which open and close depending on the doll's orientation. She is wearing a white cotton dress that has a lined red collar with a bow. There is also ...

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Doll's house made by Frans and Christina Bosdyk, 1997-2006

This is a doll's house and contents made from wood, metal, ceramics and glass by Frans and Christina Bosdyk of Picton, New South Wales, between 1997 and 2006. The house and contents is made from 1:10 to 1:12 scale, with 20 rooms and a working electrical system for lighting. The style of the building and rooms span a period ...

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Doll's house and contents, 1942-47

This doll's house is a fully-furnished two-storey five-room miniature timber building made in Australia. It has a cream-painted asymmetrical exterior with three gables decorated in imitation half timbering. The windows are painted to resemble leadlight glazing and the surrounding timber work, front door and double garage ...

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Clinker Toy construction set, 1950s

This is a Clinker Toy construction set made in Australia in the 1950s. It includes a one-page instructional leaflet and a cardboard mailing-tube-style storage container. Beside the leaflet and container are pink and green wooden spools and a number of plain sticks or dowels of various lengths. The spools are approximately ...

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Toy Nike Missile, 1955-58

This is a toy Nike Missile with its original box. It was made between 1955 and 1958. The toy comprises a plastic tube shaped like a missile with a red nose-cone and white barrel. Inside the missile is a folded parachute. On the ground is a strong rubber band with a yellow plastic handle similar to a sling shot. The label ...

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KT toy garage, c1934

This is a tin-plated toy double garage with yellow walls and a red roof, manufactured in Japan by the company KT around 1934. The doors for the front of the structure have been removed and are lost. To the right of the garage is a red car hoist that can be raised and lowered with a small handle. The outside walls of the ...

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Miniature bagpipes, 1952

These are plastic miniature bagpipes with a bright red Scottish tartan print bag and a set of parts, manufactured from plastic by Magnus Harmonica Corporation, USA. The set of parts includes the bag, drones, blowpipe and the chanter. The miniature bagpipes have three drones, which are light-brown marbled plastic with ribbed ...

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Storm II surfing kite by Flexifoil International, 2003

This is a red-and-grey Storm II surfing kite made from rip-stop polyester nylon. It was manufactured by Flexifoil International, China, in 2003.

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Formula Fun Racer pedal car, 1995

This is a Formula Fun Racer in its original packaging, manufactured from plastic and metal by Todays Kids, USA. The red four-wheeled moulded plastic pedal car is designed in the style of a Formula One racing car. Black handles on either side of the seat steer the rear wheels while the pedals propel the car. The car features ...

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Cozy Coupe ride-in toy car in box, 1997

This is a bubble-shaped Cozy Coupe ride-in toy car for children, manufactured from polypropylene plastic in 1997. The roof is bright yellow and the body is red. The driver's door can open and the cab features a black plastic steering wheel with a centrally mounted operable horn. The rear wheels have fixed axles, the front ...

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Doll's clothes owned by Mary Parkes, 1880-1900

This is a collection of doll's clothes for a Bru doll. They were probably made by Isabella and Mary Parkes from cotton, velvet, silk and straw in Australia and England between 1880 and 1900. They consist of a shirt, a plain white cotton chemise, bloomers, a petticoat, a velvet dress, a velvet beret and a straw hat. Aside ...

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Billycart, 1950-70

This is a billycart manufactured from wood, metal and rubber in Australia at some stage between 1950 and 1970. The chassis is made from wood, and the central axis is a wooden plank. A wooden crate, cut down to four sides, forms the cabin and seat. A brown hessian bag has been draped over the back of the crate. Stuck on ...