is a photo of the original doll with his Lady. This photo can be found
in Alice K.Early's book "English Dolls-Effigies & Puppets."
To See a Gallery of Images
of the Lord and Ladye Please Click on the Picture The
original couple dates to the early 1700's. The original lady
in the black and white photo is probably made by William Higgs around
1690. William Higgs is also believed to have carved Lord and Lady
Clapham. The colored photo is my version of this couple in the black
and white photo above. Please click
on any photo to enlarge.
on the picture for additional views.
All the Grodnertals I've ever seen have black hair. However I made this
little beauty as a blond. In every other way she is completely
She is 12 inches tall. Her arms and legs are
individually jointed in the manner of authentic antique Grodnertals so
she can be posed in many different positions (for those grown up kids
out there who like to play with their dolls). To open a new page with
additional views of this doll
please click on the photo.
14" Tuck Comb with
a 6 inch Grodner
There are black
Queen Anne dolls available but to my knowledge Daisy is the first and
only black Grodnertal doll ever made.
male Grodnertal is very dapper in his waistcoat and felt hat. He is 12
I've been concentrating on Grodner Tal dolls. Also known as "Tuck
Comb", "Penny Wooden" and "Peg Wooden". These charming dolls were made
in Germany from the 17th century up until the 19th century. The later
"Penny Woodens" were far simpler than their elegant predecessors.
"Tuck Comb" is a replica of an existing old doll circa 1850.
here is the old doll and my copy.
Grodnertal is almost 12 inches tall. The scrolling flowers around the
shoulder line was a lovely conceit used on early dolls.
is 18 inches tall. She has blue glass eyes. She is dressed in an floral
print made of antique fabric.
Henrietta is a 14 inch Queen Anne style doll with glass eyes and blond,
braided human hair.
Jessalyn is a 14 inch Queen Anne style doll with glass eyes and human
A 17 inch Queen Anne style
doll with glass eyes and flax
is a 12 inch
primitive Queen Anne style doll. She is made to
replicate an existing old doll.
a few weeks to complete. Every part of the doll is hand
made and hand carved. I even make the antique style eyes myself out of
kiln fused glass.
The doll pictured above left was made by William Higgs around 1680. Although the doll on the right is not attributed to William Higgs,
the sensitivity of carving around the lips and the manner in which the eyes are painted leave little doubt that she is a, perhaps earlier, Higgs doll.. Note her adorable short arms and rather large hands..
All my dolls
are completely carved by hand using sharp chisels. I use no duplicating
or carving machines. As a result each doll's face is unique and none of
I sew all the doll's clothes by hand. I use a sewing
machine on internal seams only. Anything that can be seen from the
outside is stitched by hand.
I make my own glass eyes and for hair I
spin mohair on an Ashford spinning
wheel. Each one of my dolls is a one of a kind, original work of art.