Two Heads Are Better Than One

Coth Doll 3

Here is a funny old doll that I found at an Adelaide flea market.   She has a head at each end and no feet. Often this type of doll has one face sleeping and the other awake or a sad face and a happy face but this one is half black and half white. She has a bit of a home-made look to her and I think she is fairly old.

I’ve seen patterns for two-headed dolls in old magazines. I think my mum made a few of them, she used to like making rag dolls. I made one myself once but it was not like this. It had a face on each side of its head and a big bonnet which you swapped over to cover one of them. I was a teenager at the time and not being a great sewer I was quite proud of my achievment. She came out quite well. I don’t have her now. I think I gave her away. We often used to give toys to the local hospital at Christmas time in those days.I wish I still had that pattern. I would love to make another one.

Cloth Doll 2

Cloth doll



  1. I read somewhere that these dolls were meant to depict a lady and a servant – I also read that they were designed so that black children could “hide” the fact that they had a white doll, by turning her inside out … sounds like a bit of a myth to me, but what do I know? I can’t remember where I read it, so it might be true …


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