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

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Early Rabbit sighting

The Easter Bunny aka the mail man, brought this lovely papier mache shoulder head shown standing by a book to give scale. The head is 8 inches tall.. She was in a stash of parts awaiting restoration, owned by Richard Wright at the time of his death. The doll head dates from about 1840, and was made by Andreas Voit. This type dates about 8 to 10 years later than her Sister doll shown in brown dress, made without the open mouth and teeth. When new, both dolls would have had human hair wigs, which at that period were often very elaborately styled. Now I will enjoy making a body for the new one! She will be about a 32 inch doll. They will be so pretty together! Have a great day, Edyth


  1. She's gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing her all done!

  2. She is so pretty Edyth! I havent been around the blogs in a while~ is this the one you wrote & told me you were stitching a new body for? I DID get your email yesterday~ SO sorry to hear about your hard drive! OHHH!!!! I tried to reply to Jack's email you left, but it got returned~ so send it to me again! my email is rlkinnison@yahoo.com xoxoxoxoxo r


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