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

Friday, April 20, 2018

Early English wooden doll about 1790


My little doll just came. She was well double boxed and impressively cushioned. I found her last week on ebay.  I love her in person so much more! Her clothing is just a few whisps but I love them too! Her hair is gone but she has the little wig cap where it used to be. The new doll is very friendly with the Mad Alice wax doll of a later time, I knew they would like to be together. Alice has been trying on some nice old unders from my stash. What shall I name these girls? A new doll makes such a happy day. I have never had an old wooden like this, several tuck comb German dolls, but no early English ones. Now I want more! Oh dear.


 
Update two months later, here is Marley after a stay in Canada with master restorers David and Paul Robinson.  I have since added a strand of tiny coral beads.


 Mad Alice is a type of early English wax doll the next generation down from the carved English woodens.
Alice has the daffy expression characteristic of her kind. She was just a forlorn little head when I  got her a week ago, now she is a doll again and hoping for clothing.  e





5 comments:

  1. Love to see that you are still collecting dolls! I'm glad that the house fire did not put you off and what a foray into the world of doll collecting.! She couldn't have found a better home. Love the new body for Mad Alice. Do let us see their progress!

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  2. Congratulations on your new English wooden doll. She is lovely.

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  3. What a lovely lady you rescued! Mad Alice must be very happy now. Love the little wooden doll as well. They both make me smile.

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  4. The dolls do look as if they are long lost friends. I always enjoy seeing your lovely dolls. Blessings!

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  5. yes I'm still here,, I'm reading your past posts,, its just so very wonderful how you restore to beauty these lovely dolls, I truly am amazed at your attention to detail and the beautiful work you do, I love it!

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