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

Hill country party Remember to click pictures to make big!











I like the coverlet border used as a cornice board , and don't miss the great Shaker hat and cloak. The whole house is a lovely tribute to a life time collector.

Party some more.












I will not leave all of these photos on the blog permanently, in the interest of space. Wish you all could have seen all of the magnificent south western jewelry worn by many of these women! In one photo, there is a wonderful Green Calabash bonnet!

A beautiful party in the Texas Hill country











On this past Saturday Jack and I journeyed to the home of a friend, on the occasion of her restored property receiving a Texas Historical Marker. Sharing wild flowers, friends, and antiques by photos would take a lot of posts here! After culling I still have 60 photographs that are keepers. I will begin by showing some of them in groups. I know that many of you who read here share a love of early textiles and great furniture. So I will pick for those. Enjoy! Edyth

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