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above picture is of my latest Topsy-Turvy doll. She has glass eyes and
stands about 9 inches tall on her stand.
All dolls are hand carved
Anne Reiss MFA New York Academy of Art
I first built this website I was making porcelain cameos. Thus the
name Cameoqueen. However after carving wooden Queen Anne Style dolls
for about 10 years I finally decided to use a name that more accurately
reflects exactly what it is I do. I have changed my Ebay identity to
Lindenwoodlady21, the type of wood used to make the dolls. I will
continue to use this domain name of Cameoqueen.com since I am very fond
of this website.
I am happy to make a wooden
Queen Anne Style
or Grodnertal doll or Topsy-Turvy to your specifications. Here is a
topsy-turvy doll I recently completed.
is how she looks with her skirt in place and a bonnet on her head. She
has glass eyes and is about 10 inches tall on her stand. And
here she is as a black Queen Anne. It is really amazing how the doll is
completely transformed when she is turned upside down and her skirt
covers her secret nature.
information about purchasing or ordering a doll please email
me at either
is a primitive Queen Anne Style doll. She is about 16 inches tall. She
has glass eyes.
Elton. This is an actual replica of an existing doll. A
Higgs style doll with painted eyes.
above photo can be found
in Alice K.Early's book "English Dolls-Effigies & Puppets."
original couple 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.
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.
Topsy-Turvy dolls were a
unique expression of a very troubled time in the history of the United
Stated. Here is some information I found out about them online:
"TOPSY-TURVY DOLL" A controversial homemade
doll known as a topsy-turvy doll existed because the slave masters
didn't want the slave children to have dolls that (completely) looked
like themselves; this would give them a sense of empowerment. The slave
masters didn't care if the topsy-turvy was half black it just couldn't
be completely black. When the slave master was gone, the kids would
have the black side up, but when the slave master returned, they would
have the white side up.
Here is my newest spinning
wheel, a Scandinavian Double Table wheel probably made by Michael
Wilson in the 1970's.
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.