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 loved 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. 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, October 5, 2007

Wednesday we had such a splendid day, the weather was perfect as we were in line a few minutes after 8 for a 9 o'clock opening, having left home at 5 am. Friends took Tyler to school and back for us. We got home before 4. We could have looked longer but my body would not walk more. It was fun to see all the dealer and collector friends that we have known for 30 years and more. Round Top is like a great party! We did not buy anything today but one large 33 inch doll, a flat top china with an 8 1/2 inch head, perfect and on a good body with nice shoes and a melting but pretty dressing gown over a nice slip and pantalets. She is not a rare doll, but has a beautiful presence. An interesting thing is that she came from a collector in Ok city, a prominent person in UFDC for many years, The dealer I got the doll from promised to send the name of the former owner.
In another booth there was the pair of Georgian woodens, man and woman dolls from the Merrit Museum collection 9000 for the pair and another great wooden doll from the Whyel museum in CA, shown in the book Heart of the Tree which I should buy, the book not the doll!!! There were some nice children's clothes, but nothing that just hit me. I enjoyed the wealth of old Christmas stuff as always. I was looking for a good ark, or a good wooden horse, did not see either one, but in past years there have always been some! Also there was only one good carriage, and usualy we see 4 or 5 of them at that show. It was in a light green paint, not pretty to me. I will buy another good one if it turns up.
Next week I will put up a tiny Christmas tree for the dolls, inside one of the doll cases. The dolls leave their tree up all winter. Not sure where I can fit a larger one this year. Have to work at that . I am in a holiday mood already.
Best, Edyth

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