This is Lady Grenier. She is a reproduction of an 1858 doll.
The USPS commemorated dolls made in the USA. They published stamps
and the dolls back in 1996.
She is a lovely doll. Her head is made of a resin, and
her body and limbs are made of fabric. She is very well
done, and a good example of the dolls that were produced
by Ludvig Greiner in the early to mid 1800's.
I replaced her arms with muslin, unpainted. Her original
arms were painted, and extremely stiff at her sides. I kept the
painted arms in case someone, someday, wants her back to her
original state. She is 30" tall.
Lady Grenier and my Izanna Walker reproduction, have
become good friends, and enjoy one another's company.
This is a 15/316. I purchased her back in September.
This is another 15/316. I purchased her at the same time as
the other one. I didn't take "before" pictures, because I was in such
a hurry to start on these two little cuties. These are the invoice photo's.
Sometimes I get ahead of myself in the process.
Both dolls came with cute clothes, and nice wigs, especially
this doll. I cleaned her and her costume. Repainted her face and
cleaned and restyled her mohair wig. I named this one "Lillian".
This one received the same treatment. I named this one
after Myrna Loy, a famous actress from the 1940's. Myrna
loves her fresh look. The wig wasn't quite as nice as it use
to be. To short in the back. So we went for a new one.
Myrna is quite pleased with her new wig!
Both dolls are named after movie stars. Lillian is named
after Lillian Gish. Now, these two are "stars", adding to the
Schoenhut collection that just keeps growing.
Fritz and Augustus (Auggie) are enjoying a special treat today.
They have new (old) wheels.
This little doll carriage is so perfect for my boys.
My son, Ray found it at a sale he was at this late summer.
He called and told me about it. Sounded perfect, and the
price was unbelievable at $20.00. I said, "Oh, yes!"
The boys are both Schoenhut, Natural Limb babies.
Fritz is 15" and Auggie is 13". Thanks to Ray for gifting
this carriage to the boys and me. We love it.
The only thing this Schoenhut had going for her was the pretty dress. She was
the first sleep-eye, added to my collection. She's 19" tall, and was made between
1921-1928. The Schoenhut company was making an attempt to upgrade their line
of dolls. She is a Miss Dolly, 19/217.
She had obviously been laid on her back, and her eyes succumbed to the heavy
weight of gravity over the years. Her wig was a mohair, and very unruly.
The eyes worked, and opened and shut easily.
Her wooden head was cut open on the back of the head, just enough to
place the eyes in the chamber that had been cut into the head. The eyes were
held in place with a heavy piece of cardboard.
I restored her head, and the rest of her body. The eyes were removed
and repainted this lovely blue. I added a gloss to the surface, too.
The eyes came forward when I reversed the slightly warped cardboard piece
that held them. This pushed the eyes more tightly to the front of her face.
She can still open and close her eyes. I avoid laying her down to rest, so the
eyes don't wander back into her head.
Irene is opposed to naps, and loves her sparkly new blue eyes!
She has a lovely new look. And, once again bright beautiful eyes.
Her wig and dress are brand new. It was fun to create this little yellow dress
for her. The wig was a type were the braids would hang down, but I placed
them up and over her head.