Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Friday, September 14, 2007

I think I will put this one back together today. She has an interesting all wood torso and head, no the head does not have details pressed of gesso or composition it is carved wood through out. There is a hole ( original) through the shoulder part, where we have used a cloth tube to hold the wooden arms Jack made and I made cloth pantaletts to gather around the doll's waist to hold the wooden legs he carved. I believe the head with torso to be German and date about 1835. She was smoke and fire damaged in our house fire.

1 comment:

  1. a great nice work, as your all.
    and beautiful you do it together.
    I knew you 24 hours ago, in Maida site and just I could appreciate a
    very lot of things from red house to pavarotti, from lovely goats to dangerous sawdust.
    and the courage of rebuilding all
    and that living elephant!
    just I sent a link for your site to many friends... other new friends for you.
    best wishes for your wonderful and rare work...


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