Update on Some Dolls

Here’s what I’ve been doing in my spare time lately: getting the small but well loved doll collection into shape.

Some examples follow, for those of you interested.

 First, the oldest (and most magical) of the dolls, Emily, a china head doll from 1860, needed new clothes (none of her original clothes exist):

doll emily

And a real find — a boy Mary Hoyer — came without clothes.  A nice, rare find anyway; few collectors know that Mary Hoyer made boy dolls, so sometimes they come up on ebay at a low price, because everybody assumes they’re regular dolls with the hair cut off.  Nope.  They aren’t.  (I like to think of mine as “Butch Mary Hoyer.”)

doll mary hoyer

And some I made.  Here’s the Baba Yaga side of the topsy-turvy Baba Yaga and Vasilissa doll:

doll baba yaga

And her counterpart:

doll vasilissa

and last, a French fashion reproduction that I made in 1984 — as I can tell from the date I incised on the back of her head — finally got some clothes:

doll french fashion

I haven’t messed around with the dolls for decades.  But I’m glad to be putting the little collection in order.

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