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

Monday, May 18, 2009

Milliner's heads anyone?

I love the early paper mache milliner's heads. I have two like that that are well shaped reproductions, and I want to repaint them in a starker more correct way. Does anyone have a good photo of an old one to share with me? All help appreciated, Best, E


  1. I love them too, but alas, have nothing that I know of, but if I come up with something, I will forward it to you. Good luck in your search.

  2. Hi, check out this link it is a
    Schneeman piece:

    Love your rugs

  3. Hi Edyth,
    I always enjoy your blog!
    I saw this milliner's head on eBay.
    Maybe it will give you a good idea. It does have some repaint though. Here's the link. I hope it will open.
    I mailed your father-in-law a card today.


  4. Hello Edyth- This is Patra from SA- and the Izannah Walker blog.
    I have a collection of a bakers' dozen of milliner models. most are rather small - but quite early, all but one or two have totally original paint. When you come to visit, we will look at them!

  5. Thanks to everyone who responded with help on this! E

  6. Hi Edyth- We must get together some time soon! I think there may be a doll show coming up in San Antonio in August. I m not going to sell there- but if we plan to meet, I might bring a few along for you to look at. I have small apollo knots up to covered wagon heads and lots in between- and love to share the enjoyment of admiring them!


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