Ruth is an antique china doll from the Victorian era. I got her at an antique shop almost 10 years ago. I know this is her name because it has it on her shoulder part. Ruth is an only child (doll) and stays here in this buggy which has been kept in my daughter's bedroom. But this year Lydia (my dau) decided she was too old for dolls and Ruth and the buggy had to go into hiding in Lydia's closet. Awww...poor thing!
But lucky for Ruth she is now out and enjoying her 3 new (old) sisters. You might be thinking how that came to be, well let me tell you!
This weekend I went to an antique auction and adopted them!
So let me introduce you to them.
L to R: Charlotte, Lora and Lydia. Aren't they pretty?! I love their apple cheeks!
Ruth, the previous owner, was 95 years old and was a serious doll collector. She literally had HUNDREDS of dolls and they were all up for sale at this auction and she had them all labeled by name and date. So Charlotte and Lora were labeled with a name but Lydia was not (in the cream dress), so my Lydia wanted this one named after her. (I hope this means we can keep them out in her room now and not in the closet!)
Below is a photo of the back of these dolls and you can see the labels I was talking about. They are all 3 dated 1860. Charlotte's black head paint is really worn but I like that, it shows me that she has had a lot of loving through the years!
The previous owner (Ruth) made all of the dolls clothes. She did such a good job. Her niece told me that Ruth never had children so these dolls must have taken their place I believe. Check out the bustle on this one...
I know this isn't very lady like of me to take a photo of their unmentionables but I wanted you to see how fancy they are. And the shoes! My favorite are those brown button up boots! Pretty snazzy!
Speaking of button up boots, look at Ruth's! Even though one is broken I still think they are cute.
and Lora and Lydia...
and put them with Ruth and you have a buggy full of girls!! Aren't they cute?!
They are sure to have a fun time together, don't you think?
Oh! I almost forgot! I have to tell you something funny! I was out, yes-on the front porch again!, taking these photos and on my camera popped up "Did someone blink?" Now is that a hoot or what? The camera thought the dolls were people!
Sorry for showing so many doll photos, I'm just so excited. I do hope you enjoyed it though.
Have a great week and thankyou so much for visiting!