Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Two very recent acquisitions

Ruth Gibbs China Doll

Edith Ackley pattern doll

This past weekend I found this 7 inch Edith Flack Ackley pattern doll at a doll show. She is probably from the 50's and charming in her own homely way. This elongated head evolves when the doll maker didn't round off the head per the instructions. The result is a very long face!

The Ruth Gibbs china doll is from the 40's or 50's. Ruth Gibbs made and sold these dolls in Flemington, New Jersey, and there are two sizes. This is the 7 inch doll. These dolls were dressed by the artist. She used a very soft netting for undergarments & this doll has that netting. These dolls usually have gold metallic slippers and rosebud mouths.

She frequently used felt for bonnets, capes, and accessories. This doll was missing her bonnet so I made one today. You can find these dolls frequently on eBay and antique sites, sometimes in original wonderful presentation boxes. She also sold an undressed doll in a box that had the patterns for clothing on the cover. I have been told that they were sold in museums and stores in the Northeast. Mine was bargain at auction last night: ten dollars!

It is a wonderful spring day here. Good thing. When I went to get my laundry out of the dryer, I discovered our twelve year old dryer has perished in the basement. It's mate, the washer, had the same fate two months ago. Planned obsolescence at its best.

So, I found the clothes pins and have reacquainted myself with a long lost friend-- the clothes line. Tonight, we must find a new mate for the washer.

Enjoy your day!

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