This Wicker Doll Cart from the 1920's, with or without a dolly in it, will give you great pleasure. It is small enough to have a place in almost any room in your house and this distinguishes the cart from carriages and almost every other wicker "transportation" piece available in the antique marketplace. The architectural lines of the cart are quite appealing, so there is no need to place anything in the 7-1/2" wide and deep wood seat. It is a simply fabulous decor piece standing alone. If you prefer to place a doll in the cart, you will have the benefit of achieving the look without obstructing the view. The cart, again unlike a carriage, has no bonnet, no space limitations.
There are two circular openings in the metal frame of the wicker through which ribbon was once strung as an ornamental safety harness for the long ago dollies who were taken for a ride. There is no question that this cart was, in fact, used to take dollies to town. You can almost see the little girl and her large French or German bisque doll engaged in imaginary chatter walking along the sidewalk. There was probably a nanny also present for the excursion. This doll cart was an expensive child's toy in the 1920's and no doubt a gift from Mama and Papa who were people of means. We found the cart in Pennsylvania and suspect that its first residence was in the country home of a Philadelphian entrepreneur.
The cart was designed to be functional with rubber over wire wheels and a cross-bar wrought iron handle that angles to sit on a resting surface, providing the cart with complete stability. The bottom of the seat sits 6" above the resting plane. A painted metal border rims the entirety of the curved wicker seat which measures 6-1/2" high and 9-1/2" wide. The metal border has paint loss and there is evidence of light rust which is not bleeding. A lovely patina has been created that we doubt you will want to change. You may choose to sand the wood seat to remove all traces of a very faint rust ring which will not damage doll clothing, but, again, we think you will choose not to alter the cart's appearance in any way. There is a small divot in the rubber covering of each wheel which we mention just to be complete. You'd have to turn the cart upside down to notice.
The rubber tires cover the wheels entirely and are tight and intact. The tip of the wrought iron handle measures 25" from the back of the wicker seat and 22" from the iron bar that sits on a resting plane. The bars are fitted to the bottom of the seat and to each other with screws and nuts and the complete assembly is in excellent condition. The wheels are 6" in diameter and the wire spokes have an interesting design. Miraculously, the two metal hubcaps are still in place.
In the insert photograph, we've set a 29" Kestner in the cart in a lovely French silk gown to give you an idea of size. If you are buying the cart to display it with antique doll inside, we think a doll with a height between 24" to 30" would be a nice proportionate fit.