Denmark Doll Hedebo Cheese Maker

Danish doll with label ‘Havarti, selskabet til haandarbejdets fremme…’ Havarti is a cheese and the rest translates as ‘the company for the promotion of handicraft…’ This doll most likely is made by Ingeborg Nielsen and represents a cheese maker from the Hedebo region on the Zealand island. She carries a wooden rake, used to stir the curd during the cheese making process.

Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!


Object Doll wearing traditional costume
Origin Denmark, Hedebo
Culture Unknown
Medium Fabric, leather, wood, ribbon, tin foil
Mark or Tag Fabric label
Made by Attributed to Ingeborg Nielsen
Size H 25 cm
Dates from Not dated
Acquired Online 2016


Here’s a postcard that matches this doll. It shows how the people living in Denmark are dressed in their traditional costume.

Text on the back of the postcard: ‘Nationalmuseet, Kobenhavn. Paskedragt fra Hedeboegnen ca. 1850. Danish folk costume about 1850 Hedebo, Sealand’. Postmark unclear, stamp removed. Dated 1972.

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