Remembering Dolores

Withington's shared a picture today on Facebook of Dolores Smith, who passed away.  The post said simply, "Our beautiful Dolores." I'd like to share a story about her kindness to me.

Many years ago I called Withington's to see if I could drive down to document the Izannah dolls they had coming up for auction. Dolores Smith answered the phone. I mentioned the fabulous Ella Izannah doll which had recently sold at Withington's. I said wistfully, "I WISH I had been able to see the fabulous Ella, but life didn't allow. Is there any chance you could pass information along to the new owner of the doll with my contact information?" 

Dolores answered, "I know the person who owns that Izannah very well. I think she could be persuaded to let me bring the Izannah in for when you come."

I asked a photographer friend to come along on the trip. We went up the night before, because it is a four hour drive. When we got there, Dolores and Larry had set up a room with the Three Izannah's. They let me have carte blanche with taking pictures. Dolores offered to remove the clothing from Ella, so that the bodies of two Izannah's could be studied side by side. Ella's undergarments had never been removed.

Anyway, I was able to share  images on the Izannah Walker Chronicles of the wonderful Ella doll. And beyond that, because of Dolores, doll makers all over the world have studied Ella in emulating Izannah's work. Dolores' kindness is in each of those resulting works. Rest in peace, Dolores. 

Theriault's to Auction Two Izannah Walker Dolls

I was searching for a particular Izannah Walker doll, and my search yielded these two Izannah Walker dolls to be auctioned by Theriault's on Saturday, November 3, 2018.



The doll in the printed dress is an unusual mold and measures 19" tall.  She is a patent doll, which means she is later, but just as collectible.  Read about this doll here.



And the doll in the blue dress is a classic Izannah mold, with an u usual whisky hairstyle. The Izannah in blue measures 18".  You can read the description for this doll here.



Withington's Offers TWO Izannah Walker Dolls


Withington Auctions sent these pictures along for those interested in Izannah Walker dolls. There will be TWO dolls auction on Thursday, October 18, 2018.  Both dolls are 19" in height. You can find lot descriptions for 100 and 161 at their site here - Withington Online Catalog   

Izannah Walker doll, lot 100
Hammer Price $19,0000

















2nd doll, Lot 161
Hammer Price $5,900














Courtesy of Monica Bessette: Pictures of Ella Hawes' Izannah Walker Doll



In doing research for her book on Izannah Walker, Monica Bessette contacted the friend who owned Ella Hawes doll to see if she could use her doll's story. As will sometimes happen in life, a question will have more than one answer. The initial question led to Monica's purchase of the doll once owned by Ella Hawes so many years ago. Monica says:

"This doll is the one featured in my article "Walker Dolls: A Family Affair" originally owned by her grandmother, Ella Hawes. Ella was born in 1861 in Virginia, but was sent north to Attleboro, MA (about 5 miles or less from Central Falls) just before the Civil War. Her mother had died, and her father sent Ella and her brother up to live with his family, along with the coffin containing his wife and youngest daughter, who had both recently passed away, to be buried in the family plot.
I've included a few photos of comparison between my first doll, Joy, and my new doll, Ella. Joy is 18" and Ella is 16". The stockinette used on Ella is a much lighter weight and smaller weave. Ella is complete with both hands and feet, but one hand is unattached." 

Enjoy the images below. Thanks, Monica, for sharing! I'm looking forward to reading Monica's book!














For fun, Monica shared a comparison 
of her two Izannah Walker dolls.
How alike, and yet different they are!






Withington's to Auction Izannah Walker Doll August 2018


Withington Auction Company will be auctioning off an Izannah Walker doll at their August auctions which begin tomorrow!  I love dolls like these, where you can see the construction details. I hope someone wonderful gets to bring home this lovely girl made by Izannah Walker.

Thank you, Withingtons!  Over the years your generosity has been appreciated. 









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