International Dressed Composition Dolls
This group tends to reflect the attire of mystical, legend or literature. The redhead on the left is either ancient Greece or Rome. Her hair is wound with ribbon, and her filmy toga is richly adorned with antique metallic trim.
I have studied the second doll many times.....and keep coming back to "Merchant of Venice." Long black rayon robe with pearls. Stiff human hair.
The third girl reminds me of Maid Marian from Robin Hood. Metallic gold lace cap and trim on her sheer dress.
The fourth girl may represent another unknown figure from literature. She also wears a sheer gown and has a gold metallic crown.
The last is probably "Robin Hood" as there is a handmade bow and quiver. Filmy sheer outfit.
Tagged as "Mistress of the Fox Hunt," the first girl wears a jaunty hat, sports a riding outfit and carries a hand-braided leather crop.
Tucked way up under
the skirt of the second doll was a tag that identifies her as
"Vienna, Austria." You might expect her to waltz away in
her taffeta gown and huge hat adorned with Ostrich feather.
The next girl is
obviously a bride as she wears a satin gown with a very long net
The last doll has a
tag. She is "Russian Bride." Her high, starched lace cap is
reminiscent of old Russia's head attire. Her satin gown has small
pearls to accent.
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A tiny basket
perched on the head of the girl on the left. She may represent a
South American country. Large hoop earrings and a skirt hand
embroidered by her creator. I am still amazed at the small detail
that received personal attention as she dressed this army of dolls.
The second girl has
a tag "Guatemala-Festival." Wears little wire bracelets and
beads. The girl is not identified but also suggests the same area in
her festive satin dress.
The last girl wears
a woven straw hat which suggests Peru. She wears very detailed tiny
sandals created from the same trim she wears at her waist.
On the left is a darling little girl with the most detailed bonnet. She wears a tiny vest with very teeny metal bead buttons. Her handwritten tags identifies her as "Saguenay (French Canadian)".
The second girl is
not tagged but suggests region in the United Kingdom. Perhaps Welsh?
The next girl wears
multi floral weskit, kerchief, and apron. She is tagged "Yugoslavia."
The fourth girl
bears no identification, but the scarf and apron suggest she is also
from Eastern Europe. Again, there is generous use of antique metallic
The last girl is
tagged as "Mary of Old Ireland." She wears a plaid shawl
with wool fringe and long painted white stockings. Strawberry human
Handwritten on a very old torn piece of newspaper is the identity of the girl on the left. "Austria". She wears a satiny gown and full lace headgear.
the second girl suggests Eastern Europe. She wears a laced dirndl and
white organdy cap and apron.
The girl in the
middle bears tag "Dutch Festival." Large taffeta ruffled
cap and satin dress. This was a hard photo to capture as hats were so
large they resisted grouping.
The fourth young
lady is Eastern Europe in appearance. Floss floral trim on a wool
dress. The last girl has a Spanish or South American demeanor.
Sequinned bow on satin skirt with wide lace hat.
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