L’Avocat

French musical automaton, ‘L’Avocat’ (The Lawyer), 1895-1905 L’Avocat – Made by Unknown (person) in France, c.1900 This is an automaton, a mechanical figure in the form of a barrister, which was made to move as if spontaneously through a concealed clockwork mechanism. Made around 1900, the barrister stands pompously behind a podium, opening and closing his mouth, blinking, tilting his head and moving his arms up and down, brandishing a written document. The device reveals…

Cracked in the Head … Orphaned Vintage Composition Dolls (Pt 3)

  Following on from previous post Pt 2   The little girl, I believe may be a Shirley Temple doll, came with the sort of pinky mismatched clothing, a cotton dress with crocheted jacket & booties.  I haven’t changed the outfit to date as it seems to suit her & I love her as is as I found here.     She has all the usual signs of age related wear & tear not uncommon…

Cracked in the Head … Orphaned Vintage Composition Dolls (Pt 2)

    Following on from Pt 1   The ball joints and string.           In case you’re wondering about the doll on the right, I have simply placed a head’ from another black Americana dolly’ on a white doll body that came without the head.   OK, you think I’m weird.   Those creepy doll heads!  Not weird.  I love them!  I simply enjoy the creative fun of playing around with old…

Tiny Vintage Handmade Lawyer Dolly

Re-sharing this little treasure’s story … Portia, a lady learned in the law, formally known as Portiatticus Finch Esq., Barrister & Solicitor. She’s up early this morning to dress & attire for court.

Cracked in the Head … Orphaned Vintage Composition Dolls (Pt 1)

  Despite this little gal’s worn & somewhat battered face, the chipping & cracking including around her old glass eyes, it’s a sweet face with little rosebud type lips. In fact, the little gal looks like she could be a Shirley Temple doll. Given that I have a few images to share on this topic, I’ve divided it into three posts this being (Pt 1).     Here she is with 2 friends.  The bodies,…

Belle Femme … An Old French Boudoir Doll, Poupee de Salon, A Sofa Doll

  Mid 2018 I found this new treasure –  a well loved, well worn, boudoir doll.   Sometimes known as a sofa doll, a salon or a bed doll, this old beauty shows glorious age wear.    She is the first boudoir doll I have acquired.  I really knew little about these sofa dolls at the time so my basic research lead me to many interesting facts.     Of course she’s not for the perfect…