Accession number: 1983.132.3
Date: before 1983
Measurements: 36 cm H
Narrative: This is a handmade stuffed Loyalist doll, with bendable arms and legs. Loyalists were British North American colonists who remained loyal subjects of the British crown during the American Revolution. They were also called Tories, King’s Men or Royalists. Those Loyalists who left and resettled in Canada called themselves United Empire Loyalists. Historians have estimated that about 33% of the white population (approximately 500,000 out of 3,000,000) in the Thirteen Colonies may have been Loyalists. Many Loyalists remained in America after independence was achieved. Those who chose evacuation had several options – Britain, the Caribbean and British North America. About 15 to 20%, or 70,000 people, chose to leave America and of that number 46,000 went to British North America, settling in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, the Eastern Townships of Quebec and modern-day Ontario.
Description: Hand made stuffed Loyalist Doll of a female figure. Wearing a light blue dress with white frills down the chest, cuffs, and skirt. White petticoat and white pantaloons. Wears a cap with a flower pattern and black cloth boots. She has grey hair. The doll has a grim smile on its face.