In April of this year, a lady named Sandra Pritz, from Columbus, Ohio, was taking a cruise on the American Queen, and visited the Helena Museum of Phillips County. There she met museum Joe Ann Hargraves, president of the museum board, and told her a story about a Boudoir bed doll that had belonged to her great grandmother.

In April of this year, a lady named Sandra Pritz, from Columbus, Ohio, was taking a cruise on the American Queen, and visited the Helena Museum of Phillips County. There she met museum Joe Ann Hargraves, president of the museum board, and told her a story about a Boudoir bed doll that had belonged to her great grandmother.

Unlike most dolls from the mid-20th century, which were made for children, boudoir dolls were made to grace the beds of grown ladies. Her great grandmother, had given the doll to her daughter and it was passed down as a family heirloom for the next several generations.

Pritz told Joe Ann that no one in the family wanted the doll anymore, and in fact, the younger members found it 'a little scary because of her eyes.' The doll's head, hands and feet are made of a composite material, and although the eyes are painted, she has actual eyelashes, giving her a more realistic look.

Pritz asked if the Helena Museum would like to have the doll for the museum toy room, and of course she was told yes.

"I'd forgotten all about it until a package arrived the other day," Hargraves said. “But, what a lovely gift we have received.”

The doll arrived in very good condition, sans her original wig, but with a trio of antique gowns, a pair of long lace trimmed stockings, and a lovely fabric coverlet. The gowns are of taffeta and delicate lace, very fashionable for the era.

The Helena Museum of Phillips County will be holding a holiday open house on Nov. 19, from 1 to 5 p.m., and would love for you to come by and see this latest acquisition.

“We are very appreciative of Mrs. Pritz for this generous donation,” Hargraves said.