Cassie on the left was one of my two favorite dolls. She was about 31 inches tall with an untouched complexion and a great original body. Her beautiful painted brown eyes and long ropey curls were outstanding, I have never seen another just like her. On the other side of the highboy which Jack made, stood Phillip a 38 inch so called Milliners doll with a leather body and wooden limbs. His untouched head shows no retouch and little wear, truly a choice papier mache doll. Both of these dolls are German made.
Phillip is shown above with a smaller Milliner's doll and Joe Boy, a flirty eyed boy made by Andreas Voit about 1840. Joe boy is still with me but repainted now as he came out of the burned house charcoal soot colored.
This 32 inch doll is wearing a precious red dress and jacket which must have belonged to a little boy about the time of the American civil war. She is holding a Motschmann style baby named "Janie" for the Pennsylvania dealer I bought her from. Janie wears original clothing including the best printed sheer blue wool dress I have ever had. Fine feathers do make the bird! The clothing lost in that fire is irreplaceable as well as the dolls.
The largest Patsy doll, Patsy Lou above, was my childhood doll. I have a picture of us together when I was about four. The great toile bed hangings were period and from the collection of Clark Garrett. It is a sad thing that they were lost in my care. They adorned the only complete antique pencil post bed we were ever able to find and purchase, it came from a show in Farmington CT.
A wonderful early crib quilt is behind these two dolls shown on a tall blanket chest from Maine.
Beautiful old textiles were and are again such an enjoyable complement to my doll collection.
Here is Caroline, the other of my two favorite dolls. I bought her as just a great 10 inch tall papier mache shoulder head. The little dashes under her painted brown eyes indicate to me that she was an early Mueller. With the body I made for her she stood 36 inches tall and wore a wonderful red printed cotton child's dress.