Children of Japan

Children of Japan
Courtesy, R. John Wright

Hinges and Hearts

Hinges and Hearts
An Exhibit of our Metal Dolls

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Tuxedo and Bangles

Tuxedo and Bangles

A History of Metal Dolls

A History of Metal Dolls
Now on Alibris.com and In Print! The First Book of its Kind

Alice, Commemorative Edition

Alice, Commemorative Edition
Courtesy, R. John Wright

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Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory

Emma, aka, La Contessa Bathory
Her Grace wishes us all a Merry Christmas!

Annabelle

Annabelle

Emma Emmeline

Emma Emmeline
Our New Addition/fond of stuffed toys

Cloth Clown

Cloth Clown

Native American Art

Native American Art

the triplets

the triplets

c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby

c. 1969 Greek Plastic Mini Baby
Bought Athens on the street

Iron Maiden; Middle Ages

Iron Maiden; Middle Ages

Sand Baby Swirls!

Sand Baby Swirls!
By Glenda Rolle, courtesy, the Artist

Glenda's Logo

Glenda's Logo
Also, a link to her site

Sand Baby Castaway

Sand Baby Castaway
By Glenda Rolle, Courtesy the Artist

A French Friend

A French Friend

Mickey

Mickey
From our friends at The Fennimore Museum

2000+ year old Roman Rag Doll

2000+ year old Roman Rag Doll
British Museum, Child's Tomb

Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll

Ancient Egypt Paddle Doll
Among first "Toys?"

ushabti

ushabti
Egyptian Tomb Doll 18th Dynasty

Ann Parker Doll of Anne Boleyn

Ann Parker Doll of Anne Boleyn

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Tin Head Brother and Sister, a Recent Purchase

Tin Head Brother and Sister, a Recent Purchase
Courtesy, Antique Daughter

Judge Peep

Judge Peep

Hakata Doll Artist at Work

Hakata Doll Artist at Work
From the Museum Collection

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Japanese Costume Barbies

Japanese Costume Barbies
Samurai Ken

Etienne

Etienne
A Little Girl

Happy Heart Day

Happy Heart Day

From "Dolls"

From "Dolls"
A Favorite Doll Book

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Jenny Wren

Jenny Wren
Ultimate Doll Restorer

Our Friends at The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum

Our Friends at The Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum

Baby Boo 1960s

Baby Boo 1960s
Reclaimed and Restored as a childhood Sabrina the Witch with Meow Meow

Dr. E's on Display with sign

Dr. E's on Display with sign

Dolls Restored ad New to the Museum

Dolls Restored ad New to the Museum
L to R: K*R /celluloid head, all bisque Artist Googly, 14 in. vinyl inuit sixties, early celluloid Skookum type.

Two More Rescued Dolls

Two More Rescued Dolls
Late Sixties Vinyl: L to R: Probably Horseman, all vinyl, jointed. New wig. R: Effanbee, probably Muffy, mid sixties. New wig and new clothing on both. About 12 inches high.

Restored Italian Baby Doll

Restored Italian Baby Doll
One of Dr. E's Rescued Residents

Dolls on Display

Dolls on Display
L to R: Nutcrackers, Danish Troll, HItty and her book, Patent Washable, Mechanical Minstrel, Creche figure, M. Alexander Swiss. Center is a German mechanical bear on the piano. Background is a bisque German costume doll.

A Few Friends

A Few Friends
These dolls are Old German and Nutcrackers from Dr. E's Museum. They are on loan to another local museum for the holidays.

Vintage Collage

Vintage Collage
Public Domain Art

The Merry Wanderer

The Merry Wanderer
Courtesy R. John Wright, The Hummel Collection

The Fennimore Doll Museum

The Fennimore Doll Museum

Robert

Robert
A Haunted Doll with a Story

Halloween Dolls Displayed in a Local Library

Halloween Dolls Displayed in a Local Library

The Cody Jumeau

The Cody Jumeau
Long-faced or Jumeau Triste

German Princesses

German Princesses
GAHC 2005

A Little PowerRanger

A Little PowerRanger
Halloween 2004

The Island of the Dolls

The Island of the Dolls
Shrine to Dolls in Mexico

Based on the Nutshell Series of Death

Based on the Nutshell Series of Death
Doll House murder

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A lovely dress

A lovely dress

Raggedy Ann

Raggedy Ann
A few friends in cloth!

Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum, WI

Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum, WI
Pixar Animator's Collection

Little PM sisters

Little PM sisters
Recent eBay finds

Dressed Mexican Fleas

Dressed Mexican Fleas

Really old Dolls!

Really old Dolls!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Old Wooden Sisters: Queen Anne doll available for sale

The Old Wooden Sisters: Queen Anne doll available for sale: New Queen Anne Doll available for sale 13" tall , great cabinet size , carved from wood , She has turned head ,  antique glass eyes ,...

More Pics from Naperville

TLC Project, German bisque from Gigi's and Sherrys



Fully jointed artist's French fashion from  my friend, Diane Roche

After show snack, coffee with toffee

Shared Cannoli Woodfire Pizza Grill and Cafe

Naperville Doll Show

Very old Doll from Peru, Gigi's and Sherry's

Thank you, Karla Moreland! The Naperville Doll & Bear Show was wonderful! Great tables by Gigi's Dolls&Sherry's Teddy Bears, Diane Roche, Mostly French, Nancy McCray, Ellen Dodge and many more! There were great Chase babies available, French bisque, lots of Googlies, antique and vintage international dolls and more. There was a wonderful Queen Anne that had been appraised on Antiques Road Show. It was a great day, very seasonable in Chicago Land. There were dolls in all price ranges, and lots of younger people, too. I had a great weekend with my stint at appraising dolls for The Henry County Historical Museum, and a terrific Doll Show Sunday! Gotta love road trips!

I took these photos, and will be posting more of my finds


Vintage doll from Syria with face tattoos. From Gigi and Sherry

Chinese Opera Doll

More soon on this very unusual antique comp head from Gigi's and Sherr's

Mini dolls; doll on far right from Belgium

Doll Overboard! Mishap at Sea!


I recently finished one of the most wonderful books by Annie Proulx,  The Shipping News, which also mentions dolls and toys here and there.  Along with her story Broke Back Mountain, Proulx works her magic and makes setting and the natural landscape characters in her work.  Reading her is like reading a prose poem, and this story of the sea and Newfoundland with its boats, fishing, and shipwrecks is as much a miracle as the side stories of a man and a bird coming back to life after they were given up dead.  Even the crooked house on the rock that slides into the sea, so like the wonderful house in A Series of Unfortunate Events, is a triumph.  You feel the sea wind and smell the salt air; it's just terrific.


The boat wrecks Proulx describes are epic,  Yet, even a minor water mishap can have its issues.  We are no stranger to these things where I live on the banks of a great river.  Lincoln tried a case here when The Effie Afton hit the first railroad bridge across our river, and I once had to research the Seaman's Act and Grotius' The Law of the Sea after a sailor was hurt on a barge that sailed the middle  river.  We are often caught on our mechanical bridge when the stately American Queen sails by, and we even have our share of vampire stories, as retold in the novel, Fevre Dream.

The little riverboat captain above originally came from one of our riverboat casinos.  He sat on a shelf in my nautical themed bathroom, along with mermaids, shells, and other sea-related dolls.  I even have a big ceramic mermaid sitting in the tub.  I thought it would be a good idea to rinse out the tub, so I started to fill it.  About the same time I did this, my little captain plunged in head first!  "O Captain, O Captain!" cried I.  Thoughts of  The Rime of the Ancient Mariner went through my head, "I fear thee Ancient Mariner!!  I did a mental check of where my toy albatrosses were.

Luckily, I fished him out I time.  He now has a new home, albeit not water themed, but he won't be drenched.  The little captain very nearly went down with the ship.  I've had him about 25 years, and am glad all's well that ends well. Home is the Sailor.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

You Might Be A Doll Collector If... - Ruby Lane Blog

You Might Be A Doll Collector If... - Ruby Lane Blog: Being a doll collector isn’t just a hobby – it’s a lifestyle! There are many signs that one can see when they are a doll collector. From having ‘dolldar’ on all of the time to rooms full of dolls, being a doll collector is quite simply THE BEST! Here are a couple more signs to... Read more »