Wednesday, October 15, 2014

November Issue Sneak Peek!

Our cover is a rare 201 Jumeau character flashing her beaming smile, one of only two known to exist. It is among the exceptional dolls to be offered at Theriault’s November 22nd sale at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. According to an 1899 inventory, only eight models of the 201 existed in size 11 at that time. It sounds like an exciting auction! Stay tuned for more news of this important sale.

Was there a reason that Jumeau registered patents for sleeping eyes long after his fellow dollmakers? Samy Odin addresses this question and shares his conclusion along with sleeping models made between 1885 and 1890.

You may have come across a Hoseley Party Doll, but unless it had an original tagged outfit, you would never know it. The mold for the dolls was purchased from the Richwood Doll Company and was the same as that used for Mary Hoyer and Cindy Lou dolls. Jane Foster shares some of these seldom seen beautifully dressed hard plastic dolls with our readers.

French doll cloth expert Dominique Pennegues provides us with an in-depth article on Lenci-type Nicette dolls. Many of Nicette’s beautiful creations are mistakenly attributed to Lenci or Raynal. You will learn the characteristics of each and how to differentiate between these manufacturers.

Elizabeth Schmahl and Carmen Farrell have written a fascinating article on doll treasures from Brittany, France. The area’s rich history and culture are reflected in the variety of dolls, miniature furniture and earthenware pottery produced here. I loved this article and I know you will too!

Although this year’s UFDC is another wonderful memory it is fun to look back and take a longer look at the rare dolls seen in the competitive exhibit. In this issue, we bring you the modern categories.

Two fairytale villages, one in Switzerland and one in Germany, were on this year’s TLC itinerary. Studio dolls from Sasha Morgenthaler and hand carved dolls and toys were among the images I photographed at the museums we visited.

Margaret Kincaid, an expert seamstress, has shared a pattern for a simple dress with lace-edged pleats from the wardrobe of a 16-inch first series Jumeau. It’s going to look wonderful on one of your doll treasures!

Happy Collecting!

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