Toy Coffin with Doll, 1870-1900

Summary

In the late 1800s, children were given toys to help them learn gender-specific roles and the skills they would need as adults. Mourning and funeral practices at this time were elaborate, essential things to learn since the death of a loved one was a relatively common experience. Some parents let their children conduct pretend funerals with dolls and doll-sized coffins.

In the late 1800s, children were given toys to help them learn gender-specific roles and the skills they would need as adults. Mourning and funeral practices at this time were elaborate, essential things to learn since the death of a loved one was a relatively common experience. Some parents let their children conduct pretend funerals with dolls and doll-sized coffins.

Artifact

Toy (Recreational artifact)

Date Made

1870-1900

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2000.0.45.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Metal
Muslin
Cotton (Textile)
Ceramic (Material)

Dimensions

Height: 0.78 in

Width: 1.06 in

Length: 2.7 in

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