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Posted 5 years ago


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To those of you who have seen this before, I had to change accounts, but I'm back under a name I can keep permanently now.

Don't know anything about this ol' girl, and how I wish I did. When I was 10, my mom entered her in a doll show on a fluke; never had before, and never have since. She won best in show! But I don't remember anything that was said about her history, if anything was. Please someone tell me something about her.?I think she belonged to my grandmother who is Cajun French from Breaux Bridge, but I can't be sure of that.

To Manikin - While the clothes do come on and off, they are fragile and haven't been disturbed from their present position for 70 years at least that I know of. I'll find out what I can without undoing anything and get back to you. I know it was one of my grandparents, which puts the age to between 1900 and 1910, but I always thought it went one further generation back, but I could be wrong. Did they do faux aging back then?

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  1. postkatrinastella postkatrinastella, 5 years ago
    (to those who've already seen this, I had to change accounts, but it's me and I'm back)
  2. Manikin Manikin, 5 years ago
    I am working on her :-) Her clothes do appear fragile and made by a child or young girl by stitching . She may have been carved for her by a Dad or Grandpa . It is primitive and wonderful . I am confused by how the shoes show no wear on paint ?
    Will do a bit of research on her . That her joints are not wood pegs but metal also has me trying to date her .
  3. postkatrinastella postkatrinastella, 5 years ago
    I did manage to get a few more shots for you, which I'll put up in a day or so. But in doing so, I found out that the clothes actually don't come off. They're sewn shut, no fasteners. Only the bonnet comes off with a tie.
    I can tell you that, 1) the hips are jointed like the knees, 2) the elbows are not jointed, but are rather a single piece from hand to shoulder, 3) the shoulder, which I can't get to, I can feel is on some kind of central pivoting thing with no metal piece or any external piece that I can feel, and it is carved nicely and gracefully until it reaches the body, when it just squares off to an unfinished flat surface against the body. 4) The body is a simple wood rectangle, not hwen, but like a section of something already milled, like a 1x2, and hips and shoulders that are just plain squared corners, but a middle that has been crudely whittled at the waist. Very roughly hewn. 5) The head is blocked off at the base of the neck, like the shoulders, and is anchored both inside the head and body with something that looks like the same wire used to joint the legs, though I can barely see it. The end that goes into the body I don't think goes all the way through, since I don't feel anything at the hip end of the central block except where the two legs are hinged. Whatever it is, it only permits head rotation of 180 degrees, maybe less. Hope that helps. Photos will come tomorrow, but they won't tell you anything I haven't been able to say here.
    Thanks for your interest, research and time, Manikin! I'm so glad my little granny has captured you!
  4. postkatrinastella postkatrinastella, 5 years ago
    Hello, Manikin - I put two more photos up today for you. Thanks again for your attention and interest.

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