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03 September 2011


There is going to be a good Doll's House and Miniature Fair at Stafford on the 11 September 2011 - see HERE for details.

I shall be exhibiting a selection of handmade porcelain dolls in both kits and period costume, if any of you are in need of hard to find haberdashery for your miniature projects or would like to have a go at dressing your own doll, come along and see us  - stand number 82.

Here are a few of my new ladies, typical Edwardian nursemaid dressed in the uniform befitting her station and the lady of the house with her daughter.

Tasks of the day for the nursemaid would have been assisting the nanny in taking care of the children of the employer's family. Her duties included tidying and maintaining the nursery. Young girls would work under the supervision of the experienced and sometimes older nanny.  Only the wealthy households, or moderately well-off ones with many children, would employ multiple staff in the nursery.

Everything that a parent ordinarily might do, especially the more onerous tasks, could be turned over to a nursemaid.  Feeding very young children and supervising somewhat older children at mealtime, whilst playing and seeing that they were dressed properly, and other such tasks could be left to a nursemaid while the lady of the house concerned herself with other affairs, such as furthering her husband's career.

Due to this close involvement with her charges a close relationship would often be established, similar to that a mother would herself ordinarily form. In cases where the lady of the household has died, a nursemaid might become even more fully a surrogate mother.


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