Curios Revealed: Halloween 2013 Reveal

Each Thursday we reveal the answer to Tuesday’s mystery object.

On Tuesday we posted the following creepy object.

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Want to know if you guessed correctly?  Don’t know what the object is?  Read on to find out the answer!

It was a regular day on the Riverside project.  The GRA team arrived and began digging test pits.  At the end of the day, tired and worn out, the archaeologists cleaned their pits, recorded the artifacts they had found, and cleaned the site.  All seemed right with the world.  But then, it was a dark and stormy  night.  The wind howled.  The rain slashed.  The next morning, one unlucky staff member was greeted with this creepy face looking back at them from their pit.

If the story of how the artifact isn’t enough to scare you on this Hallow’s Eve, perhaps the origin of this doll, known as a Frozen Charlotte doll, will send chills down your spine.

Frozen Charlotte dolls were popular from 1850-1920.  The name is thought to come from a popular American folklore ballad that tells the tragic story of Charlotte, a young girl who ignored her mother’s pleas to wear a coat, and froze to death on her way to the ball.   A cautionary tale for this cold Halloween evening indeed!

While most of the dolls were made of porcelain, some, including this version, had unglazed backs allowing them to float.

If you want to know more about the ballad that inspired a doll industry, check out the University of Maine’s page on the subject.

Happy Halloween and stay warm!

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