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

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Doll in early sewing box

I hope some one of you reading this can add to this information, or verify what we think we know about this sewing box! Please comment here or email me if you cannot comment in this format. Palais Royal is the French maker or brand it looks like from many I have found on the internet. The word on the top is Souvenir and the decorations are cut steel. The box is covered in vellum or fine kidskin, and lined in silk. I think it dates between 1810 and 1860, perhps 1825 to 1840. The woman who used it was born in 1823. I would like to find another nearly like it to verify some of this. The doll was wrapped in tissue paper, the handkerchief was substituted at my request to get paper away from her! She has been in the box for many many years. A little written history is with her. The original owner, was the ancestor of the present man owner. The later hankerchief was his mother's, her name was jean. Jean was born in 190?, and there is an early Steiiff elephant that was hers, the elephant is from about 1907 to 1910. It is sitting not standing! A red and white coverlet in the group of heirlooms is just beautiful, a Jaquard with big woven hearts!! Unlike any I have seeen yet. Always fun to us to research antiques. Have a Great Day, E

1 comment:

  1. She is beautiful . . what a sweet, sweet item. Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed the post.


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