Tattooed Doll Heads 1 - 3
Tattooed Doll Heads 1 - 3 Tattooed Doll Heads 1 - 3

Vintage, porcelain, stuffed with coconut coir.

1880s Victorian antiques, excavated from the site of a 19th-century German ceramics factory.

Finished with enamel gloss paint.

Size, excluding thread:

1. 3.6 x 3.4 x 3.1cm

2. 6.8 x 4.5 x 3.9cm

3. 4.9 x 4.5 x 4cm

I'd love to say "from a loving home, carefully stored for decades" but these dolls bear the hallmarks of having been unearthed, forgotten, and sometimes laid alongside rusting materials.

They are rather, "due for a loving home".

I toyed with mounting these in boxes, but I'm of the opinion that if something can dangle, it should. Preferring to hang my own treasures, I decided instead to add a loop of a thread. You can still mount it, but I didn't want to be the one putting a head in a box.

Have I saved one to put on my own Christmas tree? YES. Will it be packed away for a year? Absolutely not. A tattooed baby doll is for all year round.