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

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's twins!

At Round Top when I saw these adorable cotton wrappers or dressing gowns for infant twins, I was unsure just how to use them but I wanted them much!

A few months later the same dealer had them at a show in Boerne Texas. The price held me off. After leaving the show they were still on my mind and I asked Jack to turn around and let me go back and buy the treasures.

The dresses are both in splendid condition, fully lined in two different brown cotton prints. I date them about 1870, could be a bit later or earlier. At the time I had one 36 inch M and S superior doll, and began watching for another. By a marvelous stroke of luck, a second one arrived in the mail as a gift from a doll collecting friend! So now the two of them wear the wonderful dresses and sit side by side on top of a highboy in my bed room. The age of the dolls matches well with the garments.

Again the shoes tell a similar story, I bought one pair at the Comfort Antique show 2 weeks back and friend Jean saw what I was doing and mailed me a matching pair for the other twin! Little by little, with the help of an understanding and indulgent husband and the generosity of friends, a lovely family of dolls in appropriate clothing is coming to be mine again. Blessings.. Edyth


  1. The twins are beautiful! Isn't it wonderful how things seem to come together and often find their rightfull place. They look right at home.I'm sure they are very happy and thank you for sharing their story.
    Take care,

  2. Wow! Beautiful dresses, beautiful dollies, and beautiful friends!

  3. Edyth,
    They are like a step back in time in their wonderful, early matching dresses. Such a treat to see them.
    I know you must enjoy those twins everyday.

  4. Hi Edyth~
    the Girls are smiling in their new dresses...how blessed you are that you have such friends that know your heart...and your hubby is a keeper!!!!

    Blessings from Notforgotten Farm,

  5. you have great taste but you have even greater friends!!! thank you for sharing. Jen

  6. I love the material on the dresses and they are in beautiful condition.



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