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Our February 2014 Issue...

We have lots to share with you in our February issue. Our cover features some of the dolls to be sold at the upcoming Frasher Auction, February 23, in Kansas City, Missouri. Kewpies from the estate of Janet O'Neill Sullivan, the great, great niece of famed artist Rose O'Neill, rare characters, including the cover, a doll by Fritz Bierschenk, plus French bebes and poupées and examples by Schoenhut will be offered.

Jan Peterson was thrilled when she acquired a little known Simon Halbig poupée made for the French market. Researching the doll she learned that other examples had been sold at Morphy's and Theriault's. Her article was ready to go to press when she acquired another example, only 10 inches tall. Jan's excitement is infectious and you will enjoy reading her story of discovery!

A very special article by noted doll expert Constance King is sure to thrill collectors of early dolls and toys. Entitled A Child's Garden of Dreams, this 17th century doll cabinet has as its center a sleeping wax child. Surrounding her are curious figures made of Nevers glass, first produced in this region south of Paris in the late 16th century. More and more is revealed as we examine this fascinating curiosity, a leafy bower filled with myriad treasures.
The Four Seasons of Sandra Sue, a special 2013 UFDC exhibit, showcased these delightful dolls made by the Richwood Doll Company in the 40's and 50's. Margaret Kincaid wowed attendees with her passion for Sandra Sue, one she has never outgrown. In a separate article Margaret shares with readers the painstaking restoration that she and her team of volunteers undertook to save the massive Sandra Sue dollhouse, a true labor of love.
An accordion doll bed discovered by a little girl in her Grandmother's closet was never forgotten. That little girl was Donilee Popham and her research led her to the bed's creator, Charles Fenner, who first patented these beds in 1873. A profitable business in Mystic River, Connecticut, other manufacturers including those of German origin began producing beds and cradles, examples which you will see in her article.

In Jane Foster's article we learn about the relationship between handkerchiefs and dolls. During the Civil War, handkerchiefs were often made into dolls for little girls who played with them during church services. When the comics became a regular feature in the early 1900's, handkerchiefs began to reflect popular culture and soon were tie-ins to the dolls of the era. Kleenex tissue would eventually spell an end to hankies, but for collectors they make charming mementoes that add to their doll collections.

We also bring you coverage of the December Gaithersburg show, the recent Sweetbriar auction and many exciting auction results.

Happy Collecting!

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