Antique Izannah Walker Dolls

The Best Thing About Sisters is That They Will Always Share !

antique Izannah Walker doll from the collection of Paula Walton www.izannahwalker.comLast week I added one more member to my Izannah Walker family.  She came to me from Edyth O’Neill, a long time antique dealer and doll collector, who is renowned for her amazing hooked rug designs and folk art portraits and paintings.  How could I resist bringing this small Texan back to New England, since it is a journey that I have made myself, with a few stops along the way.  I was born in Amarillo, Texas, up in the panhandle of the state, quite a distance from Edyth’s home in Fredricksburg, and spent a lot of time during my childhood visiting relatives throughout Texas.  Now this tiny kindred spirit and I are both snugly ensconced in an 18th century house, a mere 106 miles from Izannah Walker’s home in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

The girls are thrilled to be reunited with two of their sisters.
The girls are thrilled to be reunited with two of their sisters.

Edyth named this doll Patience.  I have always had  a special fondness for virtue names, so much so that I named one of our family cats Patience.  She was part of our family for 16 years, all through my sons childhoods, and is something of a family legend.  It’s turning out to be a bit confusing to have a second Patience in the house. We may need to fall back on family tradition and call her by her middle name instead, as my mother and her siblings were known, or her initials like my father and uncle.  No matter what her name is, her sisters and I are over joyed to have her here.

I will need to spend some time making her a wardrobe, but in the mean time all of her sisters are happy to share theirs.   They spent an hour this morning going through their trunks to see what they had that would fit her.antique Izannah Walker dolls from the colection of Paula Walton www.izannahwalker.com

antique Izannah Walker dolls from the colection of Paula Walton www.izannahwalker.com

antique Izannah Walker dolls from the colection of Paula Walton www.izannahwalker.com

Too Big!
Too Big!

antique Izannah Walker dolls from the colection of Paula Walton www.izannahwalker.com

This is the one!  It looks like I need to get busy and come up with a working pattern so that I can make a reproduction of this dress, as all the girls decided it was the perfect one for their new sister.
This is the one! It looks like I need to get busy and come up with a working pattern so that I can make a reproduction of this dress, as all the girls decided it looked perfect on their newest sibling.

antique Izannah Walker dolls from the colection of Paula Walton www.izannahwalker.com

antique Izannah Walker dolls from the colection of Paula Walton www.izannahwalker.com

antique Izannah Walker dolls from the colection of Paula Walton www.izannahwalker.com

 

9 thoughts on “The Best Thing About Sisters is That They Will Always Share !

  1. Hi Paula! What a beautiful new Izannah walker doll! I’m so happy for you! That’s wonderful that she has joined your Izannah doll family! And just in time for Christmas, too! They will all have a great time decorating and hanging their stockings! I LOVE the dress that you chose for her, and that would indeed be wonderful if you were to make a pattern from it. That dress style would show off many different fabrics very beautifully. And what an amazing peacock rocker that she is sitting in! What a great find. Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful of pictures. Susie

  2. Susie,

    Thank you! I’ve had the pink dress for a few years, but haven’t had time to make a pattern from it. Maybe having a doll sitting here staring at me and making me feel guilty will finally get the pattern made. 🙂

    I bought the rocking peacocks this past spring. I’d never seen one before and was instantly enamored! The dealer who sold it to me was from Nantucket, she told me that she had used it as a store window display for years.

    The girls and I are looking forward to Christmas, if we can survive the next couple of days and make it through Thanksgiving!!!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful day on Thursday!

    Paula

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