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Hand Carved Queen Anne Dolls and home of the carved wooden Queen Anne TOPSY-TURVY: A Truly One-of-A-Kind Art Doll




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 Queen Anne, Higgs, Grodnertal, Tuck Comb and my newest idea: Topsy-Turvy Queen Anne Dolls
The Queen Anne Topsy-Turvy Doll is copyrighted 2015 by Anne Reiss

Here is my latest Queen Anne Style Doll. She is about 17 inches tall and has glass eyes.
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**Queen Anne**


The little Higgs doll  pictured below has found herself a wonderful new home. Here she is having the honor of sitting upon a wonderful authentic 16th century chair. Dreams do come true even for wooden dolls.

**miss higgs**





**Queen Anne**
Above: This Queen Anne style wooden doll is sold.
click on any image to enlarge

 **Topsy**
The above picture is of my latest Topsy-Turvy doll. She has glass eyes and stands about 9 inches tall on her stand.

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**Topsy**

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**Topsy**

 
All dolls are hand carved by me
Anne Reiss
New York Academy
of  Fine Arts



**Topsy-Turvy**
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Here 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.

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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.



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Here is a primitive Queen Anne Style doll. She is about 16 inches tall. She has glass eyes.


**Lady
Lady Elton. This is an actual replica of an existing doll
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**Lord and Lady**




The above photo  can be found in Alice K.Early's book "English Dolls-Effigies & Puppets."



**Lord and Lady**


William Higgs is 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.
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.


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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.


The little Higgs doll  pictured below has found herself a wonderful new home. Here she is having the honor of sitting upon a wonderful authentic 16th century chair. Dreams do come true even for wooden dolls.

**miss higgs**




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.


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