The Charlotte Raftery Collection.

Please bear with us as we upload photos of items from this collection.

The collection is comprised of children’s clothing, doll house furniture, miniatures, and childhood ephemera.

For a history of childhood clothing in Ireland please see:

Charlotte Raftery, ‘The dolls and toys of Irelands past, part two’ in Doll Reader (May, 1988) 

The Collection was donated to the MCI in March 2020. The tiny doll in the 2nd photo is currently being researched by MCI contributing researcher Grace O’Boyle.

Charlotte was born on April 15th, 1913 in 

Saarbrücken, Saarland, Deutschland (Germany)

Charlotte Lang married Joseph Raftery ( later Director of the National Museum of Ireland) in 1939, in Germany. The couple were able to leave Germany just before the outbreak of World War II. They had two sons.

Charlotte passed away on July 13th 2007 in Ireland.