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The Delores Smith Collection Auction at Withington’s on May 9th & 10th

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Delores, on April 12th, 2018, holding my Ismay. I used a mold of Ismay to create a reproduction Izannah Walker doll for Delores, based on her favorite Izannah “Ella”. ❤

Last year I had the opportunity to meet a very special person. Her name was Delores Smith. She was a quietly passionate doll lover, who not only collected, but created stunning clothing and accessories for her dolls.  Many of you may have known her through her job at Withington Auctions, where she was the doll specialist for 20 years. ❤

Delores asked me to make a reproduction Izannah Walker doll for her, based on Ella, a c. 1857 doll that she purchased in 2008 and later sold to another collector. The original Ella is a wonderful doll! Delores and I had such fun discussing all the little details of the doll I created for her. Together we sat down and looked through a box of antique fabrics that Delores had collected, weighing the pros and cons of each piece and finally deciding which should be used for the new doll’s dress.  Delores was such a delight to work for and I think she enjoyed our discussions about her doll as much as I did.

This is the finished doll I made for her ❤

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To see my original post about Delores’ doll click here.

There is a lovely article about Delores and her doll collection in the May issue of Antique Doll Collector magazine, which also tells the story of how she acquired the original Ella and a bit about the reproduction that I made for her.

 

On Thursday and Friday Withington Auction will be selling Delores’ amazing collection.

 

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Withington Auction May 9th & 10th auction of the Delores Smith Collection ❤

Click here to see the Withington Auction catalog.

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Link to Withington Auction on facebook.

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Link to Antique Doll Collector Magazine.

I loved the doll I made for Delores so much that I featured her in my ad for Izannah’s 201st birthday ❤

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In Celebration of Izannah Walker’s 200th Birthday I am Curating a Very Special Public Exhibit of Izannah Walker Dolls!

Another date to mark on your calendars!!! As many of you may know, I am co-chairman for the Jenny Lind Doll Club doll show. This year is the 30th year for the show, so we wanted to do something special at this year’s show. Being fellow Izannahphiles I know you won’t be surprised by what I came up with. 🙂

The Jenny Lind Doll Club is very pleased to announce that we will have a special educational exhibit of Izannah Walker dolls at our October 29th, 2017 show. This is an almost unprecedented gathering of so many of these rare dolls at a public event. There will be at least eleven Izannah Walker dolls on display that belong to current Jenny Lind members, along with photos and memorabilia of Izannah Walker dolls owned by past members, including legendary Izannah Walker collector Maureen Popp. At this time discussions are underway with friends of the Jenny Lind doll club about the possibility of additional dolls being loaned for the exhibit, so the total number of dolls on display may be slightly higher. There is no separate admission fee to view the educational exhibit. Entrance is included in the doll show admission of $7.00.

All exhibited Izannah Walker dolls are part of private collections, they are NOT being offered for sale. This is strictly an exhibit in celebration of both our Doll Show’s 30th anniversary and Izannah Walker’s 200th birthday.

*If you will be attending the show and own an Izannah Walker doll that you would like to add to the exhibit, please contact us at jennylinddollshow@gmail.com to make arrangements. ❤

To keep up to date on all the doll show news check the show website: http://www.jennylinddollshow.wordpress.com and the show facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jennylinddollshow/

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Antique Izannah Walker Dolls · Recipes

A Very Snowy Day or What Little Dolls Do To Amuse Themselves When They Are Stuck Indoors…

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“Isabeau can you tell how deep the snow is?”

 

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“I think we should go sledding!”

 

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“Or we could build a snowman!”

 

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“No! We should stay inside where it is warm and read…”

 

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“or work on our samplers…”

 

Isabeau, Ismay and Zanna were forced to agree, for the sad truth is that the dolls only have one coat to share between them all, which was kindly loaned to them by the bears…

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Teddy Bear mohair coat… https://izannahwalker.com/2016/05/13/a-trip-to-brimfield-yeilds-treasures/

 

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…and so Isabeau sat down to read “The Story of My Dolls” aloud. “No one seems to know much about Tillie” she read…

 

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“We do, we do!” cried all the dolls…

 

… later they bundled Izzybelle into the borrowed coat and let her go outside to scoop snow into their biggest bowl.  Then they made snow ice cream, which they ate to their hearts content.

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Snow Ice Cream ❤ To make a dish of your own follow this link for the recipe: https://izannahwalker.com/2013/02/09/a-special-treat-for-a-snowy-day/

Thus ends the story of my dolls and their very snowy day… ❤

 

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Happy Boxing Day!

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After the hustle and bustle of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day the dolls are enjoying a quiet, peaceful day ❤

All is calm, all is bright… We hope you had a joyful Christmas celebration!  Best holiday wishes from our home to yours ❤

The dolls all hung their stockings from the mantle on Christmas Eve and Eliza Jane was thrilled to find that Santa left new boots in hers!

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All the little wooden dolls have decided they need to make clothes for the new year, so they are making themselves at home amongst my sewing accoutrements…

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Happy 199th Birthday Izannah Walker – Part 4 – Blow Out the Candles!

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“Hannah, you and Ismay made a wonderful cake! It’s beautiful!” “Just in time, I hear all of our friends arriving.” “Eliza Jane, you and Ismay can go on up to the parlor. I’ll take off my apron and bring the cake up.”
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“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Izannah…”
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“Make a wish!”

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The recipe for this year’s cake came from American Cake by Anne Byrn.
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Ismay, Zola and Hannah made an Appalachian Apple Stack Cake, with moist buttermilk layers and spiced apple filling. The story, which I am very fond of, goes like this; each family invited to a wedding would bring one layer of cake, all of the layers were stacked together to form the wedding cake. I’ve also heard this cake called a prairie wedding cake and have seen reference to each family bringing a different flavored cake layer. ❤

 

At 7:00 p.m. I have a few new dolls who would like to make your acquaintance.  I hope you will be able to come back to meet them and then return one final time today at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time for our bedtime post. 🙂

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Antiques Week in New Hampshire

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Lovely large c. 1840’s papier-mache doll that I brought home from New Hampshire. She has a child’s pocket tied around her waist and came with a late 18th century child’s chair with it’s original splint seat.

Last week I got to do something that I’ve been wanting to do for over 20 years!  We drove up to New Hampshire for Antiques Week and a visit to Strawbery Banke museum. I’m sure you aren’t surprised that I came back a few things for the dolls, including two new friends. 🙂

 

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