An Early Wooden Doll at Lucy's Doll House

Even though I originally visited Lucy's Doll House in 2007 because they had an Izannah Walker doll, I try to get there every year to see what they treasures they have in store.  And I am never disappointed.  Here is a little wooden Queen Anne style doll.  She was hand sized.  I wish I had gotten a whole body shot!  She has what appears to be human hair.  This doll is SOLD and not available any more, but I was glad to be able to cross paths with her.  

For my doll making friends, I usually try to take pictures from odd angles.  

The following video is quite imperfect.  but it gives a sense of the size of the doll as well as the legs.  Enjoy!

Tiny Moravian Dolls

When most people mention antique Moravian Dolls, we are accustomed to thinking of Polly Heckwelder dolls, such as this one sold at Morphy's Auctions.  

On a visit to Lucy's Doll House, I saw this collection of little dolls, also made by the Moravians.  These tiny dolls are about 4.5 to 5 inches tall and were "named Benigna, after the founder of the first Protestant boarding school for girls in America" (Cloth Dolls  From Ancient to Modern, p. 27).  In this case, some of the dolls come with a little pocket which holds a card describing the doll and the project they were being sold to help with.  

It's little details like this that add not only charm
but provenance to a creation like this. 

Thank you to Lucy's Doll House
for the opportunity to share these charming dolls. 

MAIDA Dolls Group Pinterest Board

MAIDA Dolls Group members do a lot of sharing of our works with each other. Members make some astounding dolls. I thought it might be nice to provide an opportunity for group members to share their works with the world.  So I set up a Pinterest board for members to do just that.  I've added a few there myself, but you will see more great dolls shared there in the future!

click the image to visit the group Pinterest board.  

A Simple Support for Sitting Dolls

When I was taking pictures of the Babyland Rag pattern tester dolls, I needed a way to prop dolls up in a sitting position without seeing the support behind them.  I thought of using corner braces, which can be had for pennies.  And it worked very well!  

Next time I would wrap them in decorative tape of some kind to be sure the corners don't damage the dolls (they didn't).  This is what it looks like from the back:

doll by J. Ann Firth

You could put the angle iron underneath the dress and beneath the doll so the hardware is hidden.  It was a simple solution, so I thought I would share it!


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