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Our Frozen Charlotte Doll

Join us for another fascinating edition of Tavern History , where we delve into the rich heritage of our beloved Tavern. We're excited to showcase a remarkable discovery unearthed during the Tavern's renovation process.

With a history dating back to 1710, our renovation efforts have unveiled artifacts spanning from the early 1700s to the 20th century. Among the treasures discovered, nestled amidst bags of unearthed relics, is a small doll bearing resemblance to the famed "Frozen Charlotte."

Originating in the 1840s, these ceramic dolls, popularized in Europe and later Asia, captivated imaginations well into the early 20th century. Legend has it that the moniker "Frozen Charlotte" stemmed from a tragic incident recounted by Maine writer Seba Smith in his 1843 poem "A Corpse Goes to the Ball," immortalizing the cautionary tale of a vain young woman named Charlotte.

While the exact era of our discovery remains elusive, it appears to hail from the early 20th century. The earliest iterations of Frozen Charlotte dolls emerged in Germany as bath toys, typically crafted from a single piece of porcelain. Subsequent versions boasted articulated limbs, mirroring the original design of our find.

We're thrilled to share these remarkable relics with you and invite you to explore more of our Tavern's storied past. Visit us in person or explore further treasures at the Essex County Museum & Historical Society

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