Lucy's Doll House to Close in October

Lucy's Doll House will be closing its doors after October 12th of 2014.  Lucy's Dollhouse began in Camden, Maine in 2006 with Lucy Morgan and Susan Singer as the proprietors. Over the past 8 years the shop has been an inspiration to me, Dixie, as an appreciator of antiques and as a doll artist.  Sue graciously allowed me to document many Izannah Walker dolls which came through their shop. From those photographs, the Izannah Walker Chronicles was born.

The shop will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10-4 until Labor Day.  Following Labor Day the shop will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4 until October 12th.  

While the physical brick and mortar shop of Lucy's Dollhouse will close, Sue Singer is looking forward to opening an online shop called Gazie's Dollhouse.  

A Motschmann Variation

This nice early German glass eyed Papier Mache’ head with a snood hairdo once had a Motschmann type body.  Pictured also is a blond waxed doll of this period on her original body.  I will watch for a correct old body, and may or may not ever get it.  There was a broken Motschmann for sale just this week on line, but too small to go with this head.  Meanwhile, I have placed the doll on an old cloth body and added arms from a wax doll of 1870 to 80.   This way she can be dressed and enjoyed with the doll family. The mid 19th century under clothes of little girls and their dolls are so sweet.  How nice it is to find an old doll dress just right for her.

I believe this doll head with a snood was made about 1860. Most dolls I have seen of this type were waxed, but there is no residue of wax on this head even in the smallest crevasses.   She is seldom found in this large size.  As shown she stands 22 inches tall with child like proportions and would look correct on a slightly longer body.  Although she shows wear to her head this is preferable to restoration when wear is minor like this.  Her personality is intact .

To have a doll head with it's correct body is always to be desired. A make-do like this is mess so far as integrity and value are concerned.   I hope this doll can one day have the body she should have.  This does allow me to enjoy her till then.  edyth

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. 


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