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This corn dolly was made by Doris Johnson, based on a design by Anne Dyer. It is in the form of a creature with four legs and a tail, and has black beads for eyes.  (MERL/86/46)

This corn dolly was made by Doris Johnson, based on a design by Anne Dyer. It is in the form of a creature with four legs and a tail, and has black beads for eyes. (MERL/86/46)

This corn dolly, called a ‘Victorian egg timer’, was made by Alec Coker as a competition piece for the Lambeth Corn Dolly Gathering in Cambridgeshire. The frame consists of five spirally woven uprights attached to the corners of a pentagonal base made up of parallel corn stalks, with five small lanterns hanging from the roof. The timer inside the structure consists of two spirally woven spheres suspended by plaits.  (MERL/86/144)

This corn dolly, called a ‘Victorian egg timer’, was made by Alec Coker as a competition piece for the Lambeth Corn Dolly Gathering in Cambridgeshire. The frame consists of five spirally woven uprights attached to the corners of a pentagonal base made up of parallel corn stalks, with five small lanterns hanging from the roof. The timer inside the structure consists of two spirally woven spheres suspended by plaits. (MERL/86/144)

This corn dolly is ‘Pembroke chandelier’. It was made by Alec Coker, an experienced corn dolly maker, to a design by Doreen Walmsley of Pembrokeshire. It consists of a spirally woven square structure as a base, with bunches of corn ears at each corner. Four plaited bands from the central hanging structure, holding two bunches of corn ears and with a lantern hanging from each corner.  (MERL/86/125)

This corn dolly is ‘Pembroke chandelier’. It was made by Alec Coker, an experienced corn dolly maker, to a design by Doreen Walmsley of Pembrokeshire. It consists of a spirally woven square structure as a base, with bunches of corn ears at each corner. Four plaited bands from the central hanging structure, holding two bunches of corn ears and with a lantern hanging from each corner. (MERL/86/125)

This corn dolly was made by Alec Coker. It is known as an ‘Essex Terret’ and resembles part of a horse’s harness. It consists of a spirally woven neck with bunches of corn ears at either end. Hanging from the neck are three spirally woven bell-shaped structures, inside which hangs a small lantern.  (MERL/86/121)

This corn dolly was made by Alec Coker. It is known as an ‘Essex Terret’ and resembles part of a horse’s harness. It consists of a spirally woven neck with bunches of corn ears at either end. Hanging from the neck are three spirally woven bell-shaped structures, inside which hangs a small lantern. (MERL/86/121)

A ‘tied straw’ corn dolly in the form of a unicorn. The body is tired and the horn is spirally woven. (MERL/86/78/1)

A ‘tied straw’ corn dolly in the form of a unicorn. The body is tired and the horn is spirally woven. (MERL/86/78/1)

This corn dolly is known as a ‘Bouquet de Moisson’. It consists of a diamond-shaped straw frame surrounded by a fringe of corn ears and spirally woven loops. The design of this dolly comes from Pas-de-Calais in France, and was introduced to England in the 1970s.  (MERL/86/120)

This corn dolly is known as a ‘Bouquet de Moisson’. It consists of a diamond-shaped straw frame surrounded by a fringe of corn ears and spirally woven loops. The design of this dolly comes from Pas-de-Calais in France, and was introduced to England in the 1970s. (MERL/86/120)

This corn dolly, in the form of an elephant, is actually made from grass. The body is woven with parallel strands, while the head, trunk and tail are plaited.  (MERL/86/150/1)

This corn dolly, in the form of an elephant, is actually made from grass. The body is woven with parallel strands, while the head, trunk and tail are plaited. (MERL/86/150/1)

This corn dolly is of the type known as a 'Welsh border fan'. It is made of wheat and decorated with brown ribbons.  (MERL/87/39)

This corn dolly is of the type known as a 'Welsh border fan'. It is made of wheat and decorated with brown ribbons. (MERL/87/39)

This corn dolly, known as a 'four-fan cross', was made by Alec Coker. It consists of a basic cross formed from corn stalks, to which a plaited cross is attached, with the ears forming a fan around the cross. (MERL/86/140)

This corn dolly, known as a 'four-fan cross', was made by Alec Coker. It consists of a basic cross formed from corn stalks, to which a plaited cross is attached, with the ears forming a fan around the cross. (MERL/86/140)

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