Monday, December 5, 2016

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Sweet Pea by Gloria Y. Rone

Sweet Pea, a polymer clay doll by Gloria Y. Rone arrived in early November.  She is an 11-inch girl who is excited about the holiday season and has already dressed herself in a mint green and white dress with snowman theme.  She wears a white knit cap with holly leaf and berry embellishment and holds a tinsel wrapped wreath with holly berries attached.  When I saw this little girl in a for-sale post on Facebook back in October, my heart skipped a couple of beats.  I visited the link to Gloria's Etsy shop and pondered the purchase.  Since I had recently purchased Tuesday, Joey, and Amanda, I decided to pass.

She looks so serious... probably thinking about her Christmas wish list for herself and others.

A few weeks later, with Sweet Pea still available, but at a reduced price, I swooped her up.  She is my first Christmas doll for 2016.


Adelaide is a 14-inch porcelain doll with her own story written by her artist, Goldie Wilson.

The week before Thanksgiving, I received my first Christmas card from the highly talented doll artist, Goldie Wilson. It was the first thing I saw after opening a package from her that contained doll Christmas ornaments.

9-inch Lil Girl with Doll ornaments with hand-stamped faces

Goldie shared photos of the remaining 2016 cloth doll Christmas ornaments she made this year (all others had sold and she will not make others this year). I placed an order for the four, actually wanting six, but the two others had already sold by the time I received Goldie's emailed photos.  The four 9-inch Lil Girl with Doll ornaments I purchased are shown above. They have hand-stamped faces and painted-on shoes.  Aren't they absolutely adorable?  I love dolls with dolls anyway, so these ornaments were a must have!

A few days after placing the order for the above four, Goldie informed me the other two I had wanted were again available.  She asked if  I still wanted them.  Of course, I did!

These 10-inch cloth ornaments have hand-painted faces with painted-on shoes.  The fabric used for their dresses has images of children on the front and back, which adds to their appeal!
These two were shipped separately.  I am looking forward to decorating a small tree or a wreath with these and other ornaments purchased from Goldie in years prior.


The day after the second package from Goldie arrived, I received a phone call from her.  We chatted about her new style of dolls. Pictures and more details about her new dolls are available on my sister blog here.

If it is a holiday you celebrate, I hope it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas where you are.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#SlayCancer Dolls by Trinity Designs, Inc.

#SlayCancer are new, gorgeous 16-inch vinyl, articulated dolls from Trinity Designs, Inc., created in tribute to women who are battling or have battled cancer.  Preordering is now available.  T-shirts with the #SlayCancer hashtag are also available.

For full details, photos, and ordering information, visit the Trinity Designs, Inc. website.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Tuesday, Joey, and Amanda

During the last week of September of this year, I was contacted by an antiques dealer, David, who wanted to share photos of a portion of a collection of black dolls his shop had recently acquired. The dolls had been part of an eclectic collection of thousands, representing a variety of ethnicities, formerly owned by a doll lover who had the means to purchase most any doll she desired.  Wouldn't we all, (we as in doll lovers), love to be able to buy all the dolls we wanted and have the room to properly display our three-dimensional inanimate objects of obsession? I know I would.  

Most of the black dolls in the photos I viewed were made of cloth with many falling into the Black Americana category.  I do not actively collect cloth dolls or Black Americana relics, but there were a couple that I did find fascinating.


The large Heubach Koppelsdorf  #399 bisque doll with original grass skirt and necklace was one of the dolls that caught my eye initially.  I have a smaller version, so I decided to pass on this one.  However, had the space been available, he would be here!  In the second photo above, the pair of cloth male dolls with interesting embroidered facial features were almost a must have for me.  I probably will regret not adding them to my collection, but I decided to pass.  Below are two additional photos of this pair that I found quite intriguing.
19-inch cloth twins, circa late 1800s-early 1900s, wear wool suits with faces (and possibly bodies) of black silk

After salivating over the photos, reality set in forcing me to choose only three dolls made of mediums and in sizes that I enjoy collecting.

Tuesday by Gladys MacDowell

One of the three chosen dolls is a duplicate of one already owned, but hey... I waited a long time before finding the first Tuesday, which happens to be the #1 doll in a series of approximately 10 by Gladys MacDowell, so I wasn't going to pass up her twin.  As I noted in my post about my original Tuesday, the dolls were made of wax with cloth bodies during the 1950s.  Each one was handmade with hand painted facial features.  They stand approximately 15-/12 inches.  First and second Tuesdays are shown below.


Tuesday #1, shown on the left, wears an ID bracelet that spells her name.  Tuesday #2 has a whistle necklace.  Her eyes and eyebrows are more heavily painted than Tuesday #1's.  The second doll, although younger than the first, seems more mature, more "protective" of her older sister.  While their dresses have the same color theme, the print differs.

Joey by F. C. Baker, circa 1980s

The second doll I purchased, based on the seller's photos, which are shown above and below this paragraph, is a 5-inch polymer clay boy named Joey by F. C. Baker.   His height includes the top of his permanently attached hat.  Just look at his adorable face!

Joey wears a long-sleeved white shirt with Peter Pan collar, navy blue neck tie, navy blue wool short pants, and straw hat. In his left hand he holds his black shoes that have black socks tucked inside.   His left back pocket holds his slingshot. It appears Joey used to hold something in his right hand where there remains a white piece of foam in his palm.  David referred to this as a shoeshine brush, but I'm not sure that's what it represents.

Joey's handmade doll stand has a leather-covered base with his name, the artist's name, and original circa 1980s selling price handwritten on an attached adhesive label. 

I was not familiar with a doll artist named F. C. Baker.  Searching the Internet for additional dolls by this artist did not generate results.  After Tuesday and Joey arrived (and some other non-doll things purchased from David, which will be shared in a a separate post), David recontacted me asking if "Portrait doll of Amanda by Faye C. Baker" interested me.  It was not until then that I knew Joey's artist's first name was Faye, and yes, Amanda did, in fact interest me.

Portrait doll of Amanda by Faye Corcoran Baker is signed and dated on her lower back 1/23/83.

Another Internet search did not result in any information about Joey and Amanda's artist using her full name, Faye Corcoran Baker.  Online photos may be absent for a number of reasons:  she no longer makes dolls or stopped making them several years prior to the Internet's popularity, or she quite possibly is no longer living.

As shown above, Amanda is taller than Joey.  She measures 7-1/2 inches tall.  Like, Joey, she is also made of polymer clay and both dolls have a wired armature in their arms.  She also has painted features with hand-applied synthetic hair styled in two side braids.  One of her tiny blue hair ribbons is missing.  Her feet are bare.  Both dolls are one of a kind.

As indicated on her lower back, she is a portrait of someone named Amanda. 


If you collect antique black cloth dolls or if you found any of the dolls in David's group photos interesting, you may contact him for additional information through his website.

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