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NO metal feet here, but odd coloured stands.

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NO metal feet here, but odd coloured stands.
Does anyone know anything about this style of doll ? I would suspect Grodernatal - they stand just 3.1/4 inches high. They are dressed in silk, faded and tattered and the arms move. The colours have been lovely but they are sad dolls now, even their hats are in ribbons. They have provenance to show that they are earlier than 1900 and are very sweet, with lace up boots painted on the wooden "legs." I have never seen anything like them before.
Posted by Rosemary on January 26, 2018 Slideshow

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10 Comments

Rosemary
3:11 AM on January 31, 2018 
Surprisingly, they are, Maddy. That is why we are wondering if they were used a game players. The broken one - who has lost her dome, can't stand up, poor thing.
Maddy
6:19 PM on January 30, 2018 
I hate the fact that they are supported on those coloured domes. Not in keeping at all. I?m sure they are not original - are they?
Jan
7:06 AM on January 30, 2018 
We're beautiful once and still nice.
Linda B
2:24 PM on January 28, 2018 
It does seem a very strange choice for a base.
They remind me of subbuteo men, only the other way up, lol
Rosemary
12:34 PM on January 28, 2018 
They are strange, aren't they? But I have found one other collector with an identical one and she is guessing 1900-1920.
Linda B
11:35 AM on January 28, 2018 
Have the bases been added later?
They seem very clumpy for such delicate looking dolls.
Holly
12:11 PM on January 27, 2018 
They definitely look like Grodnertal dollies made in the same way as the earlier 19th century peg woodens. These did go out of production somewhat when the new plastic and composition dolls came along I imagine some 'Grodnertal' doll maker at the turn of the century still making his little wooden dollies in the old way. They are beautiful. Lovely inspiration.
chris g
3:19 PM on January 26, 2018 
Sweet faces. they are lovely and deserve a setting of their own.
Claire Quick
1:13 PM on January 26, 2018 
No idea but they are very tasty
Edel
10:50 AM on January 26, 2018 
These are fabulous Rosemary! And they do look like Grödnertals.

Are they glued onto the wooden stands? I love the shimmery decaying silk and the pretty coloured stands - they would look good in a rather posh miniature toy shop. Or a small old box back.

I have an even tinier Grödnertal in a rather spectacular outfit, I hope you don't mind me adding two pictures of her to this album. She's in better company here than if I gave her an album to herself.

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