Thursday, July 28, 2011

Doll Collectors of America Izannahs
Featured in Antique Doll Collector

Photo courtesy Antique Doll Collector
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Attention all Izannah doll lovers!  

If you love to see Izannah Walker dolls you won't want to miss this issue!  The Antique Doll Collector site states:

"No doubt this was the first time that thirty-one dolls by noted doll maker Izannah Walker were ever assembled in one place! This important occasion was the 75th annual meeting of the Doll Collectors of America. Carol Corson took a photographic record of the Izannah "reunion" noting the significant variations in size, hairstyles, foot wear, eye color and facial features from doll to doll. This is an important study of these earliest known commercially produced American cloth dolls."

Visit the Antique Doll Collector site to subscribe or order additional copies of this issue.  I just did.  :-)  

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Withington's to Auction
Izannah Walker Doll


The Izannah Walker doll pictured above and below will be auctioned on August 19th at Withington's.

The doll is 19 1/2" long and was originally a gift to Mary Stevens Burdick when she was 10 years old in 1871, in Newport, RI. (as stated in a note pinned under the dress).  Mary Stevens Burdick married William Paine Sheffield in 1889. Mary's husband,  William Paine Sheffield, studied law and served as a congressman in the 61st Congress.    According to Who's Who in America, Volume 6, they lived at 6 Cottage Street in Newport




With a bit more digging, we might be able to uncover some photos of Mary, the owner of the doll.  I am sure that Sheffield and Burdick descendents would be interested in learning that this this doll owned by their past family member.


 Curls!


Wonderful bare feet!  
And look at that red dress!
It's a red letter day for Izannah.  
As I get more information, I will be adding it here.
Mark August 19th in your calendars.  

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Addie, An Izannah Walker Doll


Ginger, a kind collector, emailed me to say how much she had enjoyed reading the Izannah Walker Chronicles.  Then she told me she owned an Izannah Walker doll.   To make a long story short, she was willing to share her pictures on this site so that others can enjoy Addie the way she has enjoyed seeing other Izannah Walker dolls.  I love collectors who are generous like that.  Thank you, Ginger! 


Dress made by Kathy Patterson, 
who also makes Izannah Walker reproduction dolls.




Ida Mae: An Izannah Walker Doll

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