A Lord with His Lady

 Queen Anne, Higgs, Grodnertal, Tuck Comb Replica Dolls
by Anne Reiss

I am happy to make a wooden Queen Anne Style or Grodnertal doll to your specifications.

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**Lord and Lady**

Here 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."

**Lord and Lady**

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.

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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 authentic. 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.


The male Grodnertal is very dapper in his waistcoat and felt hat. He is 12 inches tall.


Lately 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.

This "Tuck Comb" is a replica of an existing old doll circa 1850.

And here is the old doll and my copy.

. This Grodnertal is almost 12 inches tall. The scrolling flowers around the shoulder line was a lovely conceit used on early dolls.

Florabelle is 18 inches tall. She has blue glass eyes. She is dressed in an floral print made of antique fabric.

Lady Harriet

Lady Henrietta is a 14 inch Queen Anne style doll with glass eyes and blond, braided human hair.


Lady Jessalyn is a 14 inch Queen Anne style doll with glass eyes and human hair.

A 17 inch Queen Anne style doll with glass eyes and flax hair.

Here is a 12 inch primitive Queen Anne style doll. She is made to replicate an existing old doll.

Each doll takes 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..


For Your Information

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 are ever identical.
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.