Queen Anne, Higgs,
Grodnertal, Tuck Comb and my newest idea:
Topsy-Turvy Queen Anne
all hand carved by me
Anne Reiss MFA New York Academy of Art
When 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.
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. 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 pin cushion doll standing in front of an antique needlepoint fire place screen. She is about 11 inches tall and has glass eyes. Click on the picture to see an enlarged view.
Here is a primitive Queen Anne Style doll. She is about 16 inches tall. She has glass eyes.
Lady 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 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.