Friday, September 10, 2010

Vintage Handmade Cloth Dolls - Do You Have Any? Collect?

My new old doll.

I've never been much of a doll person. Mom did that for Me. I collected Breyer horses as a girl, Mom had the antique dolls.

About 20 years ago, Mom started to make her own cloth dolls. Why?

When Mom was a girl her Mom made her a rag doll for Christmas. Mom always loved that doll she named Katy.

When Mom's Mom passed away, she came to the funeral and to the division of her Mom's estate. All she really wanted was Katy.

But Moms sister had always been a witch to Mom, and so absconded with Katy. Oh there were denials of finding Katy in their Moms stuff, but my Mom knew, Katy had been carefully kept in a wooden Hope chest all these years, her Mom had told her so throughout the years.

After her sister passed away, she knew there was no chance to ever be reunited with her childhood doll.

The only thing she had left of Katy, was this photo her Mom sent her, years ago. Katy is on the far left. The rest are also Grandma's dolls, many which she collected through the years.

So Mom started to make her own cloth dolls. I think she was always trying to replace her beloved Katy.

She made dozens of them, all mostly large. "Huggable" as Mom called them. I still have all of them, some displayed in the Pink room. (I can't display them all at once, there are too many!

What my new old doll has on underneath:

So it was Vintage Christine who mentioned on her blog, something about expanding her searches on eBay beyond buying glasswares. Damn you Christine lol, that gave me the idea to expand my usual searches.

On a whim I did a search for "vintage cloth dolls" and found this oh-so charming lady. Hand stitched and hand made like Mom used to do (no machine sewing). The seller was selling off dolls from the estate of a lady who made these, and had passed away. The original owner had been a designer and architect the seller told me, and most of the clothes looked like they fit the doll I bought. The seller (and presumably the estate) was located somewhat local to me, which makes my new old doll a native of California.

OK, so I had to have not only her, but as many of the little hand sewn clothing that came with her.

And here is the entire take, most vintage to about the 1930's - 1950's judging by the materials:

So, today's lesson: BEWARE of expanding your searches. You WILL find things you HAVE to have! Oh gosh, and I see a cute doll trunk on eBay that would go with these clothes perfectly. Arg!

Only ONE doll, this is the ONLY "new" old doll I can ever get. Mom has so many already!

Are you a doll collector too? What kinds? Do any of you have cloth or rags dolls?