|Wendy-Kins from the 1950s with a Shackman baby and cradle|
If you've been watching my store you've no doubt noticed and influx of souvenir dolls recently. Many of the lots I've purchased to get a different doll contained a healthy dose of those. I've done well with them this year, so I'm happy to get them. As so often happens, I purchased this lot for a particular doll but found a different doll is more rare. I was thrilled to win the lot with these dolls because I saw the Wendy-Kins in pieces and recognized her as a 1950s bent knee walker. I could tell she was a walker because the walker mechanism was partly outside her body. Thankfully the seller was conscientious enough to retain it, as it's a tiny piece. I also saw the cradle, black with rosemaling-type painting, and that immediately appealed to me. My grandmother's kitchen chairs looked something like that.
When I got the doll lot, however, I found a truly rare group: two miniature 5-inch black dolls with open mouth, side glancing faces, a bit like Pee Wee dolls, and a larger black Dress Me doll with a pretty crocheted dress. Ethnic dolls were quite rare in the 1950s and they are worth a lot now. I can tell these are 50s to early 60s dolls because the small ones are marked "Japan". Another recent lot had a Liddle Kiddles doll or maybe a copy called "Miss Africa" with a grass skirt still intact and a little Hawaiian or Native American boy. So, my recent purchases have paid me in more ways than one; I got some really unusual dolls and also got to put a sweet little set together.
|A 1950s bent-knee walker Wendy-Kins|
|Her wig is dark red.|
|The ALEX mark|
|A German Shackman baby still in its box.|
|The baby is jointed and fully clothed.|
|Wendy wears Ginny panties and Muffie shoes.|
|Vogue dress #1210 of 1959|
|The Vogue snap|
|The Vogue tag|
|I gave Wendy a hair ribbon.|
I went through my doll clothing stash and came up with a pair of tricot panties which I'm almost certain are late 1950s Vogue, made for Ginny. I took them in a bit in the waist for Wendy. Then I found a pair of Muffie shoes with the half-circle on the soles, and made a pair of replacement socks. Then I found an adorable Vogue tagged nautical dress. This is sometimes called #1410 and sometimes #1210 in my Vogue book. It looks classic and just too sweet on Wendy. I gave her a hair ribbon to wear with the dress. Once Wendy was dressed she was all ready to act out her story.
|I made the blanket from vintage flannel.|
|I made the bottle from a Christmas light bulb.|
Wendy can even feed Baby her bottle. "You're such a big helper, Wendy-Kins," says Mother. "I don't know what I'd do without you!"
Baby's bottle is made from a Christmas light bulb so it's real glass and not for a young child to play with. I tied a loop from vintage ribbon around it so Wendy can hold it.
|The cradle is probably also by Shackman.|
Wendy feeds Baby and rocks her until she's almost asleep. Then Wendy puts Baby down in her real wood vintage cradle. This is probably a Shackman piece but it isn't marked. Baby falls right to sleep when Wendy sings a lullaby.
Wherever they go Wendy and Baby cause a stir. Everyone has to come congratulate Mother on her lovely family. You can buy Wendy, Baby, and everything shown here in my store, so please check: http://stores.ebay.com/atelier-mandaline.