Children of Japan

Children of Japan
Courtesy, R. John Wright

The Jumeau 201

The Jumeau 201
Courtesy Theriault's and Antique Doll Collector Magazine

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"
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Jenny Wren
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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

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Long-faced or Jumeau Triste

German Princesses

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GAHC 2005

A Little PowerRanger

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Little PM sisters

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Dressed Mexican Fleas

Dressed Mexican Fleas

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Really old Dolls!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Arthritic Collectors

Mine is getting worse everywhere; my typing should show that! See below from about.com:

Arthritis and Doll Collecting
Changes, Products and Strategies for Collectors Affected by Arthritis
By Denise Van Patten, About.com Guide
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Recently, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. If you are a fellow sufferer of any form of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthrits, or any of the other over one hundred forms of arthritis) , you know how arthritis can affect nearly all of your activities, especially if your hands or any joints in your arms are affected.

If you are a doll collector, simple tasks that you used to accomplish without thought become more difficult due to the arthritis. For instance, sewing costuming for your dolls, either by hand or machine can be affected, as can repair of doll clothing. Cleaning and maintaining your doll collection also may require special strategies; even going on the computer to research, buy and sell dolls. Lifting and managing heavier dolls can be a nightmare, which affects the ability to display and manage a collection. This article will provide some strategies and product ideas that can help you if this is your situation or the situation of a fellow collector, family member, or doll club member. This article does not provide medical strategies or help, for that, please visit Carol Eustice's wonderful and comprehensive site on Arthritis and Joint Conditions.


Doll Research, Buying and Selling on the Computer


Typing on a computer can be painful if you have arthritis, and it can also aggravate your arthritis symptoms in your hands arms, and even legs if you are not sitting right. The number one thing you need to do when doll surfing on your computer is be sure that you have an ergonomic setup at your keyboard, with particular attention paid to the position of your hands and wrists. Additionally, I have found Imak Arthritis Gloves to be wonderful to wear while on my computer, especially during a flare-up. These gloves offer mild, soothing compression and warmth, while leaving the fingertips open to type freely. Another simple thing you can do is to take frequent breaks to prevent stiffness from setting into your joints (you can use the breaks to get up and enjoy your dolls!).


Sewing for Dolls and Arthritis


One of the most frustrating things I've had to deal with from my Rheumatoid Arthrisis has been difficulty in sewing for my dolls and also doing needlework, such as Victorian Ribbonwork, which is one of my specialities. Formerly simple actions like threading a needle are more complicated now. Luckily, there are tools and products that can help with many sewing problems as well. For instance, I now use a Clover Needle Threader. There are many other needle threading devices available; if you are lucky enough to have a fabric store near you, you can visit the store and try several out to see which one works best for you; if not, many are available online.


Scissors Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation


Another difficulty in doing sewing and needlework for dolls may come from operating scissors for cutting of fabrics, trims, and threads. There are several specialty scissors available, but my favorite one is a Fiskars Scissor that is recommended by the Arhtritis Foundation. This scissor cuts with very little pressure and is easy on the hands.


Cleaning and Maintaining Your Doll Collection if you Have Arthritis


Cleaning and Maintaining your doll collection requires dexterity and strength--which can sometimes be in short supply if you are struggling with Arthritis on a day to day basis. Again, there are tools and strategies that can help with this. For instance, dust is the nemesis of most doll collectors, but gripping cloths and dusters can be difficult for arthritis patients. If so, I recommend dusting gloves! You slip them on your hands, and you can dust with no gripping needed at all. For moving heavy dolls, plan to have a family member or friend help.


Do You Have Other Solutions and Strategies You Use?


If you have other solutions or strategies you use to cope with arthritis or other mobility or medical issues that affect your collecting, please let us know in the comments to this article blog!

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