"as two peg-dolls"
Dressed Val Gardena Dutch doll
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeDressed Val Gardena Dutch doll - Credit: Wolfgang Moroder, Wikimedia Commons
Undressed Val Gardena Dutch doll
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeUndressed Val Gardena Dutch doll - Credit: Wolfgang Moroder, Wikimedia Commons

Dutch peg-dolls were one of the earliest forms of doll. During the 17th and 18th Centuries, when dolls were known as 'toy babies', they were sometimes called Flanders babies.

They were simple wooden, jointed dolls, sold unclothed so that they could be dressed according to the taste of their young owners.

The term peg-doll is particularly associated with the lathe-turned dolls made in Val Gardena, a valley in the Dolomites in northern Italy.

 

A peg-doll is also the term for a doll made out of an old-fashioned clothes peg

 

Old-fashioned clothes peg
Public DomainOld-fashioned clothes peg - Credit: Phyzome, Wikimedia Commons