Women Doll Makers, Making History

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by Ruby Lane

Two Rhode Island women named Izannah Walker and Martha Chase each opened highly successful commercial doll making businesses in the male-dominated business world of the 19th century. Over the past 200 years, the world of dolls has offered women a myriad of opportunities not otherwise open to them. Dolls have provided an entrée into the… Read more »

In Celebration of Izannah Walker Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Photo via Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers of Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts. skinnerinc.com This post is a celebration of the bicentennial +1 year of the birth of Izannah.  It’s fitting, I suppose, that this blogger once published an article on a walker inspired dolls she created also called “The Birth of Izannah.”  The article appeared in… Read more »

Top Five 19th Century Collectible Dolls

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by Ruby Lane

Rare Big Grodnertal Wooden Doll as Fortune Teller 1.    Grodnertal wooden dolls:  Also called “Dutch” for Deutsch or peg wooden dolls, they are lathe turned dolls, some earlier versions with tuck combs.  They came in sizes of about ¼ inch to very large examples.  Queen Victorian and her governess dressed 132 of them, and Tottie… Read more »