Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Toy Soldiers, 2016
Public Domain Image
To Lucasta, Going to the Wars
By Richard Lovelace (1618-1657)
The Poetry Foundation. (Retrieved from http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/richard-lovelace)
Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.
True, a new mistress now I chase,
The first foe in the field;
And with a stronger faith embrace
A sword, a horse, a shield.
Yet this inconstancy is such
As you too shall adore;
I could not love thee (Dear) so much,
Lov’d I not Honour more.
Probably, you will remember Lovelace was one of The Cavalier Poets, writers, gentleman, and soldiers who supported King Charles I. This poem has always touched me deeply, and during this time fame that honors Memorial Day, The 72nd Anniversary of The Normandy Invasion, Flag Day, and The 4th of July, I decided now was the time to write about solider dolls. I come from a military family; someone in my family has served since the Balkan Wars through The Gulf War. One grandfather saw military action in the Balkans as a very young man, and then served in World War I. At 41, he was drafted for World War II. My other grandfather volunteered for World War I; he was on his way to
, when Armistice was
declared. He then participated in
recognizance. My Dad was in NATO, and
held a Selective Service Card for The Vietnam War. My Uncle Tom, who contributed many dolls to
my collection, served in France . My Cousin Michael served with The National
Guard during Korea ,
and Uncle Charley served during World War II.
Cousin Steve served during The Gulf War. My Godfather was air force; so
was my father-in-law. Vietnam
Below is a photo study of dolls representing soldiers around the world, especially the
in honor of the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces to keep Freedom
safe. United States
For more, read my chapter on Toy Soldiers in “With Love from Tin Lizzie; A History of Metal Heads, Metal Dolls, Mechanical Dolls, and Automatons.
Antique George Washington Candy Container, Courtesy, Theriault’s
Greek Costume Dolls, Wax over Papier Mache, woman wears
Traditional outfit with dowry coins, and the man is wearing the costume of the
Evzon, or Greek Royal Guard. Tsagaris collection.
George Washington by Debbie Ritter, Uneek Doll Designs. Courtesy, the artist
at time of Invasion, Public Domain
Left, Peggy Nisbet Doll of HRH Queen Elizabeth II
In the uniform worn for Trooping the Colours. The other dolls are Welsh. Tsagaris collection.
Prince Albert Portrait in Bisque. Courtesy, Theriault’s.
Modern Patriotic Dolls from our friend, Darlene
Christopher Columbus by Kathy Redmond. Tsagaris collection.
Jack the Doll, dressed as Zoave soldier. Based on a Sanitary Fair doll once owned by the children of Abraham Lincoln. Public Domain Image and Tsagaris collection, available at the
Lincoln Museum, . Springfield,
French Fashion men Dressed as Military Figures. Courtesy, Theriault’s.
Greek Evzon, c. 1960. One of my First Dolls.
Tsagaris collection, photo by Dino Milani.
Wax Vivandiere, formally The Blackler Collection, Courtesy, Theriault’s.
German Bisque Character Sailor. Courtesy, Theriault’s.
French Bisque Sailor Girl, Courtesy, Theriault’s
Bru in Scots Uniform. Courtesy, Theriault’s
Boudicca, or Boadicea, Celtic Queen of The Iceni,
Debbie Ritter, Uneek Doll Designs. Photo by the artist. Tsagaris collection.
Vintage Printed Cloth Doll representing a character from
Rumer Godden’s novel about a doll house, “Home is the Sailor.”
Close-up Antique Japanese Samurai, Courtesy Alan Scott Pate.
Bisque Kewpie Soldier, Courtesy Antique Doll Collector Magazine
Raynal Lenci Type. Courtesy, Antique Doll Collector Magazine.
French, Papier Mache War Memorial Doll [World War I] Composition body. I have a similar doll with a tag that reads “
.” Courtesy, Caroline Johnson. EDEN
8 inch Madame Alexander. Courtesy, Caroline Johnson.
Japanese Bisque Soldier, Courtesy, Caroline Johnson
Magnificent Simon and Halbig Doll dressed as Joan of Arc
Uncle Sam, Public Domain
King Tut’s Chariot,
King Tut Exhibit
Photo by Mitchell Milani
Diorama: African Warriors,
Photo by Ellen Tsagaris
Charles Lindbergh, also a collector of Automatons.
Best friend of Sam Pryor, former Pan AM VP with a
World famous doll collection. Tsagaris Collection.
Photo by Jerry Lowe
Wolverine Mechanical Soldier. Tsagaris collection. Photo by Dino Milani
Assorted Nutcrackers, Tsagaris Collection
Photo by Dino Milani. German American
Toy Soldiers. Fanakos collection. Courtesy, Chuck Fanakos