Larry of Withington Auctions contacted me to share an Izannah Walker doll they were asked to appraise. The owner had decided to donate this early Izannah with provenance to the Nantucket Historical Society. With the permission of the present owner, Withington's shared images of this splendid 19-20" example of an early Izannah doll to post on the Izannah Walker Chronicles.
The present owner shares the history of this doll as follows:
"The doll was purchased from Izannah Walker in Rhode Island by Elizabeth Pinkham Crosby of 1 Pleasant Street, Nantucket, MA for her niece, Helen Marshall, daughter of Capt. Joseph Marshall and Malvina Pinkham Marshall of the Bark Aurora. The gift was for Helen’s birthday and sent to Pernambuco, Brazil for pick up. Letters suggest that it was received before November of 1857 when Helen was six years old. The doll remained with Helen for the rest of the voyage in the Pacific before returning to Nantucket when Helen was ten years old.
Helen Marshall gave the doll to my mother, Florence Farrier Hall, in 1938 to keep for me, her namesake."
Here are additional images of this wonderful doll.
Withington Auctions will be offering TWO Izannah Walker dolls at their August 21/22 auction. They sent the following images of the dolls, please contact Withington's for more information.
The follwing doll measures 16 1/2 inches in height.
Morphy Auctions will be presenting this 18" Izannah Walker doll at auction on March 22nd.
Read more about the auction click here.
Read the full description of this Izannah Walker doll here.
The auction estimate is $9,000 - $12,000.
|image by Debbie Barlow, courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum|
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provided courtesey of Debbie Barlow and the Whaling Museum
Doll maker Debbie Barlow was able to take pictures of Izannah Walker Dolls at the New Bedford Whaling Museum courtesy of the museum. The museum has given Debbie permisison to share the images online for those who study Izannah Walker Dolls. They've been uploaded at this Pinterest board for your pleasure, courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum and via Debbie Barlow's generosity. Debbie makes marvelous creations and her contact is email@example.com
Please email me if you have information, pictures, sources, etc. about original Izannah Walker dolls. The goal of this site is to be a free clearinghouse of information for Izannah doll lovers. Copyright of pictures published on this site are retained by the collector, museum, or artist etc, who took the picture.