|German Dancing Doll|
Even as a child I preferred my soft toys - a bear called Cuddly, a hand knitted Golly called Kakey (no idea where I got his name from) and a leather Camel that came from a School Fair Bric a Brac Stall. Then there was my big sister's toys - Jock, a faded blue dog with no ears, another terrier type dog with no name and a little bear that I now know is a Merrythought Baby Bingie.
Of these toys I still have my Cuddly and my sister still has her Bingie (despite my attempts to steal him as I have always wanted him). She did mention selling him :o recently so I may just give him a home if it comes to that.
I have no idea what became of the Camel, or the dogs, but was told that the Golly got the moths and was thrown away :(
|Pair of National Dress Dolls|
(any clue to the Country welcome)
Anyway, back to the dolls - I have purchased one or two over the last few months and find myself drawn more to the 1950's ones (as I am with bears), I suppose because that is the era when I was a child.
|Eskimo and Dutch Girl|
These dolls are available in my Etsy shop - www.etsy.com/shop/pollysvintagebearsI have recently aquired a box of miniature German dolls ranging from 3" to 6". I am very excited to start sorting these out and cannot decide whether to dress them or to leave them in the buff.
I'm not sure if I could find knitting patterns for a baby doll as small as 3". The 6" ones would be no problem though.
I love miniature things. One of my ambitions is to own a large dolls house. It must be great fun to furnish one as there are so many lovely miniature items that can be bought for them. I have even seen a set of false teeth in a tumbler in dolls house size! These items used to fascinate me when I used to do a lot of Bear Fairs in the 1990's. The fairs were often Dolls, Teddies and Doll's House Miniatures all rolled into one.
The only miniatures I have in my Etsy shop at the moment are these flocked bears. There are 5 different sets available. They would be small enough to go in the Nursery of a doll's house.