Lady dolls of the 19th Century By Florence Theriault. Throughout history, lady dolls have been both fashion mannequins and children play things. In the 19th. Century privileged children owned lady dolls of paper mache, china and bisque with extraordinary wardrobes and accessories. The objects of childhood dreams, the dolls also served as lessons in proper dressing and demeanor. Hundreds of German and French dolls and their fashions are featured in this hardcover, full-color book. Prices realized are included.