I have been concentrating on William Higgs dolls. My goal is to create
a real likeness.You
can complare them side by side with the original dolls pictured on this
website (above right) and let me know if you think I've succeeded.
Lady Elton. Here
above 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.
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 was made by William Higgs around 1680.
Although the doll on the
right of Lady Clapham 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 perhaps an 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.