A woman in Scotland recently found a treasure that is at least 100 years old on her local beach.
Nikki Halkerston, 45, of Dundee, Scotland, was looking for sea glass, pottery and seashells on Broughty Ferry beach on Thursday when she saw a small one inch porcelain doll.
“I was just looking for a certain type of shell and it caught my eye and I just thought ‘oh wow’!” Halkerston told SWNS.
“There was no mark on it, it wasn’t even dirty or chipped and it’s probably been in the sea for years and years,” she added. “I was really shocked and surprised. My husband was with me and helped me with some glass and seashells, but I told him I had found a Frozen Charlotte and he was like ‘what?'”
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According to SWNS, the doll is called Frozen Charlotte, which is based on a popular 19th-century American tale about a woman who refuses to dress warmly on her trip to a New Years ball – despite her mother’s wishes – and freezes. to death on the 20 mile journey.
According to the Washington Post, the dolls were originally supposed to be bath toys imported from Germany, but because they “looked like little white corpses” Americans named them Frozen Charlottes according to popular history. .
SWNS reported that the dolls were made between 1850 and 1920.
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Halkerston said that although she knew the dolls were called Frozen Charlottes, she initially didn’t realize how special her find was until she posted a photo online.
“I had about 450 people that said ‘wow that’s amazing’ and it’s really rare to find them in one piece like that, usually they’re broken and you find a head or an arm,” said Halkerston at SWNS. “You find all kinds of things, but this is my favorite and probably the rarest find from what I can see from the reaction of people who do it all the time.”
According to SWNS, other people said the Frozen Charlotte was a “bucket list” find and someone else told Halkerston that they would trade their seaglass collection for the doll.
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SWNS reported that today the Frozen Charlotte dolls sell for between US $ 21.23 (£ 15) and US $ 141.54 (£ 100), although Halkerston believes her find is high-end because it is in such good condition.
However, her daughter Melissa loves the doll, so Halkerston said she plans to keep it.
“I thought at first I was going to sell it, but now I know it’s so unique that I wouldn’t, I think I would keep it,” Halkerston said. “I think it’s amazing that he lived so long in such good condition.”