Hand-whittled doll

Hand-whittled doll

This hand-whittled doll will be 300 years old in 2020! Carved in London, it was shipped to Boston in 1720 for a young girl. That girl married a Belknap and the doll came to Dover with Jeremy Belknap’s parents and sister Abigail during the Revolutionary War. It descended through several generations, and survived being water-soaked three times (allegedly to cure rickets), a hatchet attack by a younger brother, and a spark from a kitchen fire that singed her curls. Yet she still wears her original green silk dress! She then lived with Abigail Varney Wentworth on Portland Street before being donated, ca. 1935, by Abigail’s grandson, Mark Thompson.

Location: W2, Childhood Gallery

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