Her hair is fairly thinly rooted. I think it was originally in a bun or some sort or something. If it were done that way the thinness wouldn't be as noticeable.
Aunt Sally was a character in the "Worzel Gummidge" children's books and TV series. 'Worzel Gummidge' was the first book in a series that eventually ran to 10 books.
|An Aunt Sally in her original box.|
An 'Aunt Sally' was originally an ugly wooden head on a stick used in a fairground game.
|There's a link to this site below. Go there for an explanation of the Aunt Sally game.|
In "Worzel Gummidge" the character of Aunt Sally was a wooden fairground Aunt Sally doll who could come alive.
|Aunt Sally as she appeared in her wooden form.|
The doll resembles the wooden Aunt Sally more than the live one.
|Not bad likeness to Una Stubbs either though.|
She was both Worzel's love interest, (His opinion.) and nemesis,(Her opinion.). (In the books she is a minor character and Worzel is not in love with her, being married to someone else.)
We know about Worzel Gummidge in our house because Ken,who had watched the show when he lived in England, introduced the show to Ivy when she was small, and she loved it. We ended up with the entire original series, the later New Zealand series "Worzel Downunder", and a Christmas special on DVD. So owning the doll is a connection to Ken's life in England, and Ivy's childhood.
The series starred Jon Pertwee as Worzel,and Una Stubbs as Aunt Sally.
If Jon Pertwee is familiar, it's because before being Worzel, he was the third doctor in Doctor Who, from 1970 to 1974.
|Jon Pertwee,(top) as the third Doctor,pops out of the Tardis with Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor.|
Una Stubbs may be even more familiar,as she is currently appearing as Mrs. Hudson on "Sherlock".
There were some great toys produced to go along with the Worzel series,including two sizes of the Worzel and Aunt Sally dolls like mine, small figures and 12" dolls. Worzel had different heads for different things: his thinking head, his reading head, his maths head,etc. The 12" dolls of Worzel and Aunt Sally, and the small figure had several heads which could be changed.
|Unfortunately the doll and heads are made of foam, and haven't survived the years very well in most cases.|
Aunt Sally was able to come alive, at which point she was Una Stubbs. When she was made of wood she was played by a wooden dummy. The 12" Aunt Sally doll had a couple of extra heads too. One is the wooden head, and the other I'm not sure about. Ivy says it's for sleeping.
|The one on the right is her wooden head.|
The doll's hat is woven plastic instead of straw, but still looks convincing and is much more durable that way.
Some of you may remember seeing Aunt Sally before.
One more day of cloth dolls and we'll be into a week of fashion dolls. See you tomorrow!