Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hitty and the Surprise

Good things were tucked inside this cute little carrying case.

Gloria Rhone of Massa's Servants Collectibles presented another doll for sale in a Facebook post that I simply could not refuse.  The initial photo was of the undressed doll.  Without even knowing how she would be dressed, I claimed her as mine.

Gloria's initial photo of my new Hitty doll (photo courtesy of Gloria Y. Rone)

Shown in Gloria's first photo above, Hitty* is a 6-1/2 inch doll made from polymer clay using a twist of colors to look like wood/marble.  A white version was offered at the same time.

Before taking this photo, Gloria dressed Hitty in a peach/white/brown plaid dress with matching bonnet, white eyelet apron and white underpants.  Her back is incised:  

Hitty arrived in perfect condition in the perfect little carrying case, which is shown above and in the first photo. She was neatly wrapped in white tissue paper with a white tissue paper-wrapped gift for me underneath!

I took the following photos:

On left, Hitty wears her bonnet. In this photo, it has been removed.

Hitty's black molded hair has a double row of curls.

In a profile photo, Hitty's curls are seen better, including the spit curl on this side of her face.  On the other side of her face, is another spit curl.

Hitty shows off her shapely legs and painted-on black boots.
As usual, I am thoroughly impressed with Gloria's work and I am in love with my newest Hitty. I own others, but by far, this Hitty is the best one yet!

Mini painting of woman/girl with child/doll
As a surprise, Gloria sent a mini painting with separate black easel stand.  The painting and easel were enclosed in a mesh drawstring gift bag, as shown above.

The wooden easel is painted black.

The mini 4 x 4-inch, brightly colored painting of a woman/girl with a girl/doll is signed GYR.
I love the painting and easel and truly appreciate Gloria's generosity and her artistic talent.


*Hitty dolls, which are usually handmade and carved of wood, are based on the ash wood character in the 1929 children’s novel, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, written by Rachel Field.  The doll in the book was carved by an old peddler for a little girl named Phoebe Preble.  The book “won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1930…  It details Hitty's adventures, [in her own voice], as she becomes separated from the Prebles and travels… over the course of a century [by way of several different owners]. She ends up living in locations as far-flung as New Orleans, India, and the South Pacific.  At various times, she is lost deep under the sea and also under cushions, abandoned in a hayloft, serves as part of a snake-charmer's act, and meets the famous writer Charles Dickens, before finally ending up in an antique shop in New York City among other, fancier dolls of porcelain and wax. There Hitty is purchased and taken to her new owner's summer home in Maine, which turns out to be the original Preble residence where she first lived.” [,_Her_First_Hundred_Years]

While writing this post, I located a 132-page PDF of Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.  Read it if you'd like and enjoy the original Hitty's travels.

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  1. At first I wasn't sure if Hitty was to my personal taste...but that face! She's delightful. I especially love the look of the wood finish... But you can't go past those gams! I am going to have a look at the book as well. :)

    1. P.S. I really like her carry case!

    2. P.P.S. I just downloaded the PDF to iBooks. Debbie your site really is the gift that keeps giving!

    3. Hi Julius,

      It was Gloria's Hitty's face that attracted me to her first, next was the mixed polymer clay technique she used to give the marbel/wood appearance. The presentation in the carrying case was perfect and my surprise... well, it left me speechless, needless to day. I hope you enjoy the PDF and I hope my blog posts continue to be the gift that keep on giving! :-)


  2. Your are just so blessed to have such beautiful dolls!! Her case is beautiful and do be in such good condition is awesome.

    1. Thanks, Brini. It's all new... the case and the doll. She looks vintage, though, right?


  3. I can't believe how much imagination it takes to recreate a doll down to giving her a realistic wood look. What a great dill to add to your collection. Thanks for showing your pictures and the pdf link of the book, I hope I get a chance to read it this weekend, it sounds like a great adventure.


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