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Catalog Number 00238
Object Name Doll
Description Christened "Fanny Maria (long 'i') with horn head come into our family in 1882. Grandfather of donor, Rev. John L. Martyn, DD had been for eight years Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Ireland. A member of his congregation presented him with this doll when leaving for his American home for his grandson, Claude Martin Robinson in Iowa City, Iowa. The body of the doll was new then (1882) but the head then was over a hundred years old and had been in possession of the parishioner's family for several generations in County of Down, Ireland. Sensing the importance of this doll with the ancient horn head, my grandfather baptized it, giving the name of Fanny Maria. Grandfather said "An image to be loved as a human being by a little child should bear a Christian name". The doll's original garments were of silk and satin, but hard usage in play so dimmed their glory, that new clothes were fashioned for Fanny Maria in 1883 by a little serving maid in our home. My brother's loving caresses of Fanny Maria resulted in loss of her complexion, hair and nose. No one else ever played with Fanny Maria, For all the years since 1885 she has been packed away in a trunk in Iowa City, Iowa.
Source Robinson, Alta A.
Received Date 07/18/1942