Thursday, March 31, 2005
This is Sophie Dawes, here's the card info about her.
"Sophie Dawes was the daughter of a poor Winkle picker of St Helens. After a rather "doubtful" early life she found her way to London where after further adventures, she married a french prince. Murder and intrigue followed until she was forced to return to England where she died, disgraced, in 1845.
The House where she lived in St.Helens can still be seen."
This is Fanny Wheeler (yes my doll collection is rife with them it seems!) Here's the info on the card about her.
"Although it is known that many women in the past have have assisted their men folk in their smuggling activities, Fanny Wheeler of the west wight is the only woman who is reputed to have accompanied her fatherto France in an open boat to collect consignmentsof kegs of spirits during the early part of the last centuary."
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
These dolls were manufactured in Italy by Furga (they are mini Furga dolls) for the Fanta company, where Fanny is doubtless just a nice girls name! Both British and American people will find them funny for different reasons.
The dolls all came with their boxes shaped like cans, which fit into an outer box so it looks like a six pack.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Saturday, March 12, 2005
And here's another old doll I'm getting restored asap, she walks when you move her head, and is supposed to be a Shirly Temple Doll, though I'm sceptical, as she doesn't have any dimples, which all Shirley Temple Dolls do. With a new curly wig and a few other repairs she'll be great, some idiots filled her head with plaster as a way of repairing the walking mechanism (two metal rods run from the legs up the hollow composition body and have to be attached in the head so the legs move when the heads turns) but there has to be a better way to do it than that.