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Elizabeth’s Clothing and Accessories (an American Girl Collector’s Guide)

Paige is a writer, doll collector, and American Girl enthusiast.

Elizabeth and Felicity dolls with items from their collections on display together at an American Girl Doll store.

Elizabeth and Felicity dolls with items from their collections on display together at an American Girl Doll store.

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Cole is the companion doll to Felicity Merriman. She was the second of the Best Friend Character dolls released by American Girl, and she was active from 2005 to 2011. Like Felicity, her story takes place in Williamsburg, Virginia, from 1774 to 1776.

Although she and Felicity are best friends, they differ from each other in distinctive ways. For example, Elizabeth has significantly less trouble doing what is expected of her as a young girl in colonial American than Felicity. Also in contrast to Felicity, Elizabeth comes from a wealthy family of Loyalists.

About This Collector’s Guide

Since Elizabeth is a Best Friend Character Doll and is technically considered a part of Felicity’s collection, acquiring her outfits and accessories is challenging. Best Friend Characters are among the rarest of the Historical American Girl dolls, making Elizabeth and her clothing both hard to locate and in high demand among many doll collectors. So, these used products are commonly sold at inflated prices. Additionally, Elizabeth‘s outfits are often improperly labeled as Felicity items by second-hand sellers, creating confusion for more casual AG fans.

In this collector’s guide, I have listed and described all of Elizabeth’s clothing and wearable accessories. I hope this will make it easier for buyers to identify and purchase authentic “Elizabeth” products at appropriate prices. I have also recently published a similar collector’s guide for Felicity’s collection.

Elizabeth’s Meet Outfit

Elizabeth’s Meet Outfit

Meet Outfit

Years Active: 2005–2011

Cost: Could not be purchased separate from Elizabeth doll

Description: The gown is bright pink with a square neckline and 3/4-length sleeves. It also has cream-colored ruffle lace trim on the sleeves and at the top of the neckline, plus cream ribbon trim at the sleeves, collar, and running down the bodice and skirt. The bodice is further decorated with three rows of twisted pink and off white ribbon, each with a small pearl at the center. Moreover, at the front of the skirt, there is a panel of cream and pink fabric with a subtle geometric pattern. This is meant to simulate the presence of a petticoat, though this gown is one piece.

This dress is similar in style to Felicity’s Christmas Gown. However, Felicity's gown and petticoat are separate pieces, making it more accurate to the 1770s than Elizabeth’s Meet Outfit. Notably, this style of gown is intended for formal events, making it a very odd choice for a Meet Outfit. Other dolls’ Meet Outfits are typically more casual clothing that shows what everyday attire was like during the time period the doll is from.

Elizabeth’s Meet Outfit also includes a shift, shoes, stockings, and a hair ribbon. The shift has short sleeves and is white and plain. It is meant to be worn underneath the main gown. The shoes are white and have pink bows on them, and the stockings are cream and knee-length. The hair ribbon is also cream-colored.

Elizabeth’s Meet Accessories

Elizabeth’s Meet Accessories

Meet Accessories

Years Active: 2005–2011

Description: A white pinner cap with matching lace trim and a pink ribbon at the back, an imitation pearl necklace with a gold clasp, and a plastic folding fan that is off-white with a pink, gold, and blue floral design on the blades.

Since the Elizabeth doll comes with her ears pierced, her Meet Accessories also contain a pair of earrings with gold hoops and pearl drops, another pair with gold hoops and hanging pink gems, and two sets of gold earring posts with diamonds on them. These earring posts are the same design as the earring posts that the Elizabeth doll comes wearing.

The original version of Elizabeth’s Summer Outfit

The original version of Elizabeth’s Summer Outfit

Elizabeth’s Summer Outfit

Years Active: 2005–2008

Cost: $28

Description: A dotted pale green, ankle-length satin gown with short sleeves, a square neckline, and a white quilted petticoat. This petticoat is attached to the dress, but it would be a separate piece in a historically accurate outfit. Additionally, the gown also has folded white trim at the neckline and sleeves, a row of small green buttons at the center of the bodice, a light green bow at the front of the waist, and matching ribbon trim at the sleeves and on the bodice.

The outfit also includes pale green mule slippers with a small heel and a white hat. The hat has a green band with pink bows on each side of it and pink ribbon underneath to tie it onto the doll’s head.

This outfit was eventually modified in small ways. The color of the shoes was changed from green to pink, and the bows along the band of the hat were replaced by flowers.

Elizabeth’s Holiday Gown

Elizabeth’s Holiday Gown

Elizabeth’s Holiday Gown

Years Active: 2005–2010

Cost: $32

Description: A light green satin dress with a purple, blue, and green floral print, 3/4-length sleeves, and an attached gold petticoat at the front of the skirt. There is white lace trim at the sleeves, and the bottom of the petticoat is trimmed with the same green fabric as the rest of the gown.

Furthermore, the fabric around the neckline and down the front of the bodice is white with a dark green ribbon border. Three lines of the same ribbon go across this white section of the bodice, with bows at the center of the bottom two lines. There are also two lines of dark green trim at the sleeves and in a curved design at the opening of the petticoat.

The outfit also includes pointed gold slippers, a gold choker, and a green satin headband with a large bow at the top.

Elizabeth’s Quilted Cloak, worn over her Holiday Gown

Elizabeth’s Quilted Cloak, worn over her Holiday Gown

Elizabeth’s Quilted Cloak

Years Active: 2005–2010

Cost: $24

Description: The quilted croak is made of forest green velvet with matching green trim. There is a gold bow just beneath the hood at the front of the garment. The clasps that hold the cloak together are hidden beneath this bow.

Elizabeth’s Tea Lesson Gown

Elizabeth’s Tea Lesson Gown

Elizabeth’s Tea Lesson Gown

Years Active: 2005–2010

Cost: $32

Description: A pale blue gown with 3/4-length sleeves, a white lace mob cap with a pink bow at the front, and light pink mule slippers. The dress has white lace ruffle trim and light pink ribbon trim at the sleeves. Additionally, the gown has an apron that is attached to the front of the skirt. This apron is made from the same sheer lace as the trim on the sleeves and is scalloped at the bottom. There is a line of pale pink ribbon trim just above this scalloping.

Finally, the outfit also comes with a white fichu with a pink rosette at the front that is meant to be worn over the neckline of the gown.

Elizabeth’s Riding Outfit

Elizabeth’s Riding Outfit

Elizabeth’s Riding Outfit

Years Active: 2005–2010

Cost: $28

Description: A “wool” riding jacket that is pale pink with pleats at the front of the bodice, a peplum, a black bow at the neckline, gold-colored buttons, and white lace trim at the neck and sleeves. The ankle-length skirt is made from the same material as the jacket and is split at the front to reveal the underskirt. This underskirt is ivory with matching lace trim at the hem. Additionally, the outfit also comes with an off-white hat that has a white imitation ostrich plum at its left side.

Elizabeth’s Night Shift

Elizabeth’s Night Shift

Elizabeth’s Night Shift, AKA Elizabeth’s Nightgown

Years Active: 2005–2011

Cost: $24

Description: A white night shift with a square collar and ruffled three-quarter sleeves. There is pink and green floral embroidery just below the collar and a pink bow at the end of each sleeve. The outfit also comes with a sleeping cap and mule slippers. The cap is white with pink ribbon border, ruffle trim, and pink ribbon straps that are meant to be tied under the doll’s chin. The slippers are pink, and the top of each one has a white embroidered flower.

Good Luck With Your AG Collecting!

I hope you found this collector’s guide both useful and enjoyable! Next, I will be making a guide to Caroline’s outfits and accessories.

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