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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dolly Shop.
A shop where rags and refuse are bought and sold. So called from the black doll suspended over it as a sign. Dolly shops are, in reality, no better than unlicensed pawnshops. A black doll used to be the sign hung out to denote the sale of silks and muslins which were fabricated by Indians.   1

 Dolly Murrey.Dolmen. 


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