One of the little dolls I’ve not got around to putting in the shop yet. Her face is cracked with age and she’s a little grubby but has the sweetest face.
A photograph of a little girl, with her doll in the background. This might be from the Victorian era or it may be Edwardian. Once again, the doll looks as if it should be haunting a room somewhere or making inexplicable reappearances after the family got rid of it in a deep dark hole (just like my monkey-thing).
Most old dolls, especially Victorian ones, look pretty sinister in photographs. I think a lot of it is to do with the fact that the doll were designed to look like adults, as opposed to babies or children. But even the baby doll ones can look menacing after they’re been kicking around for a while and have lost an eye or two. The exception are Norah Wellings dolls, which always look cute.
I’ve quite a few vintage doll heads and other doll parts in the store and have a lot more to add in once I have the time. Some of the antique doll parts are tiny and mostly dug up from old doll factories in Germany. This one is quite a large one — so not from a miniature doll and it seems to be unmarked but I don’t think it is German.
I think people use the smaller doll parts to make things — artwork, jewellery or as an antique element in the new doll. They’re also good to have around just as they are and make interesting keepsakes in their own peculiar little way. Bigger ones, like the doll in the picture are good on a shelf or desk — just sitting there, looking intriguingly strange. People always want to pick them up and have a look at them, so they’re a sure-fire talking point.