Miriam makeba doll

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The early Armand Marseille doll in the royal Scotish costume made in the late 1890s - Merry Christmas

 Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
This is an example of a very early Armand Marseille doll with a bisque head and composition body.

Russian born Armand migrated to Germany, where he started his porcelain factory in Kopellsdorf in 1985. This doll was made in Germany in the late 1890s, not later than 1901, where he also made dolls of the same kind in German ethnic costume.  

The influential and long reigning queen Victoria was an important figure in European history. This doll was made to appeal to queen Victoria and her much-loved Balmoral castle in Scotland,  as well as people of her era.

The doll is dressed in the royal style of Scottish outfit with tartan. If we have a look at the list of the official Scottish tartans, there is no similarities between  them and the design of  this doll tartan with green and peach colour.  

The look of the royal silver plated doll  brooch with a purple stone relates to the queen Victoria style of sophistication. If we have a look at the coronation portrait of queen Victoria painted by George Hayter in 1837,  we will instantly recognize the refinement of the Victorian age where this brooch would simply add to a royal style of  Queen Victoria.

 Merry Christmas

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Story of Christmas Daisy PDF published today

This PDF book published today is available for purchase. Cost per copy is NZ$15. Please contact the publisher at  mary_oneill@clear.net.nz  and your PDF copy  will be emailed to you. This is our first edition. Description: PDF, 13 pages  and it  does not contain any illustration. ISBN 978-0-473-29310-9. 



Monday, December 1, 2014

One very old doll hand made in India

Possibly  Indian migrants or tourists brought  this very old doll to New Zealand from India. This doll arrived at the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum in 2011.We are not ready to release the age of the doll as we need to undertake further research.

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum
The  research on the jewelry  refers to the Mughal empire in  India.The round  nose ring or stud  refers to Punjabi in Northern India but Kachi Indian tribe or Sikh also use them. The type of the Kachi Indian nose ring  is also called a chain ring.  The type of nose ring this doll wears is characteristic for Punjabi Indians. The nose ring or stud  is possible to wear only once  the nose is  pierced.

The doll is dressed in a traditional  Indian female outfit called sari. The pants are  called salwar kameez and they are possibly made by Punjabi Indians. The doll salwar kameez are blue  and they are sown very narrow with zari (golden trim) around the ankle. The doll also wears on the left leg an anklet made out of pearls.

Some Indian sari just like the one doll wears are decorated with zari (golden trims). The zari used to be  traditionally weaved with a gold tread or  real gold strips were applied onto the fabric. Zari  was  made during the Mughal empire in India. The cotton sari could also refer to  Tangail cotton  sari with  zari  which would take us to Bangladesh.  However golden trims on sari  were used  in India and in Pakistan. Punjab Indians live in Pakistan too.

The hairstyle is simple one long plated pony tail  decorated with ornaments. It is Punjabi women  hairstyle but  the women in the temple city Kanchipurau in Indian state Tamil Nadu also like this hairstyle.

The doll also has red cords sown into  her fingers and toes to give an impression of red nail polish. The eyes and mouth are drawn with a pen.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Souvenir dolls from Bruxelles (Belgium) and Napoli and Roma (Italy) made between 1960s-1970s

These 3 dolls are  examples of  souvenir dolls dressed in national costumes popular in the 1960s with the name of the town on their apron. These types of doll were sold in a plastic case.

The very tiny souvenir dolls are made of hard plastic, and sold with the name of the town Bruxelles embroidered on its  national costume. Bruxelles is the capital of Belgium. This small doll was made between 1960s-1970s. Only her arms move. Height 9 cm.

The other 2 dolls in this picture are from Italy dressed in the Italian national costume. One is from Rome, made in the 1970s and the other one is from Napoli in Italy made in circa 1960.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cornish costume doll from Penzance

This is an example of a souvenir doll from Cornwall. Height 20cm.
Tag: "A Cornish Costume doll dressed by hand....Penzance fisher women. Fishing was Cornwall's main industry. Women would salt fish for the store. Sell fish from from creels carried on the back and make and mend nets."

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The ‘Collector Costume dolls by Rexard" - Doll in Welsh costume

This doll is an early example of a genuine Rexard's doll in Welsh costume. Height 19,5 cm. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Souvenir dolls from Wales made from 1950s to 1970s.

These 4  dolls are an example of a typical doll sold as a souvenir in Wales from 1950s to 1970s. The first 3 (from the left to the right) Knickerbocker dolls were made between 1950s-1960s. Height 19,5 cm.

Monday, October 6, 2014

New Zealand's cake topper dolls from the late 1960s to 1980s

These 2 dolls are an example of New Zealand’s cake topper dolls made in the 1960s, 1970s and  and 1980s. These dolls are crafted on a polystyrene base in the shape of a skirt. The doll arms are made out of pipe cleaners and a small plastic piece in a shape of a hand is attached. The singer doll holds a microphone which was  also made of black pipe cleaner. The sewing pin holds a glass like pearl at the top of the black pipe cleaner together giving a look of a microphone. The microphone cotton cord is tied at the rear of the doll’s skirt.  The head of each doll is held on by a plastic pin to the body.  Both dolls stand 13  cm tall. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Early composition doll in Catholic priest's vestment (late 1800s - early 1900s)

Mary O’Neill talked to Arthur Shultze a manager of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic shop in Napier. “It’s an old catholic priest's  vestment, I would say very old. They do not have those vestments for years. It could be up to 1930s. It looks like Father Paul (Napier priest, he now lives in Waipukurau), he uses to get dressed like this for Art Deco Festival."

Mary also spoke to Keri Mason  the co-owner of the Napier Antique & Jewellery Centre. Keri said she is very experienced with antique laces, and dated lace and fabric on this doll in the 1940s, or before.

The doll is an example of the earliest composition doll made in  the late 1800s or early 1900s.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Maori souvenir doll from the late 1960s to 1970s

This is an example of the Maori souvenir doll from the 1960s to 1970s.
Description: Height 20 cm. Plastic doll, moves arms and legs, eyes do not open and close.

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum Collection.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Maori souvenir doll made in 1950s-1960s

This is an example of the Maori souvenir doll made in 1950s -1960s
Description: Height 19 cm. Plastic doll, moves arms and legs, eyes open and close.

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum Collection.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A contemporary Maori souvenir keyring doll

This is an example of a contemporary Maori keyring souvenir doll. Height 10cm.  This doll is a  replica.

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum Collection

Monday, May 5, 2014

The contemporary Maori souvenir doll, a 1940s doll replica

This is an example of the mass-produced contemporary Maori souvenir doll, a 1940’s doll replica. Height  9cm.

Click on this link to read about the original doll 

Mary O’Neill Doll Museum Collection

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Maori souvenir doll from 1950s

This is an example of the Maori souvenir doll from the 1950s.
Description: Height 16 cm. Plastic doll, moves arms and legs, eyes open and close.

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum Collection.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

An early Maori souvenir doll

 Maori souvenir doll

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa,  dated  this edition of dolls in 1950s - 1960s.  http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/exhibitions/ritaangus/ArtWorks.aspx?irn=416

Our doll wears a bright yellow skirt, which is an unusual skirt, atypical to a Maori souvenir doll look, or Maori traditional clothes.

Description: Height 32 cm. Plastic doll, moves arms and legs, eyes do not open and close.

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum Collecton.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Photo of Maori doll published in Te Ao Hou magazine in 1954

 Librarian Maka Allen, HB Williams Memorial Library Gisborne

Yesterday in Gisborne Maka Allen for Mary O'Neill Doll Museum made  available for  viewing all issues of Te Ao Hou  magazine published   from 1950s to 1970s.
Description of the Cover picture page 5: "Mrs. Reihana made this doll. There was some talk of presenting it to the Queen as a toy for Princess Anne, but at the last moment this could not be arranged. The doll was first noticed by Te Ao Hou at a progress day of the Raukawa District Council of the Maori Women's League".

Friday, April 18, 2014

NZ vintage, toy storage box

This is an example of a  NZ toy storage box made before 1970. Measurement 35cm x 26cm x 33 cm.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Atypical example of a "Jack in the box" type of toy handcrafted in New Zealand c early 1950s

This is an atypical  example of a "Jack in the box" type of toy. What makes this toy unique is that the "Jack" is hiding in the icecream style cone, instead of the box. The icecream cone instead the box appears to be unusual for this type of toy.  If child holds the cone in one hand,  and pulls the  long handle down, the clown will hide in its cone.
The head is made ​​of wood, although it looks at first glance like an hen's egg. It is very interesting handmade toy in New Zealand. According to our research the children of NZ played with handrcrafted  "Jack in the box" up untill 1950s (see "Jack in the Box" example

 http://maryoneilldollmuseumtoys4boys.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/jack-in-box.html ).
According to the fabric used, this toy was made c 1950s,  however, at the time this toy was being made  much older wood  for the handle and the head was used.

Monday, February 10, 2014

NZ clown makersin Australia and "Kako" the friendship clown

This is "Kako", the friendship clown. It was made    Patti and Vic Whittome for the 12th Australian National Cake Decoration Seminar 2003. Patty is a cake decorator.

"The swagman doll  was made by Patti & Vic as gifts to all the attendees (approx 250) at the National Seminar held in Sydney in 2009. I was National President at the time and these were generously made and donated by Patti &Vic.

They had previously made a clown for the 2003 Seminar and a wizard for the 2007 seminar, again  as gifts for all attendees. All were made to be in keeping with the theme of the Seminar" Marilyn Dzelmanis corresponded with Mary O'Neill today.

The 2 "Kako" clowns arrived today to our museum. Height   30cm.
Tag: "Clown makers" Patti and Vic Whittome
have much pleasure in presenting our personal donation of "KAKO" the friendship Clown. The idea of the "Clown" came to us after the Seminar in Adelaide when the theme for the Seminar in Surfers paradise, Queensland was to be a beach party. What party would be complete without a "clown"? The project has been in progresfor the last 2 years. I had previously worked with resin so I showed Vic what to do. He took over making moulds, castings the heads, hands & boots in resin, torso and wire limbs. I did the sewings, painting and dressing. Boxmaking was shared by us bothI took time out to do the cakes for Mt Coot-tha and EKKA so finishing this huge project would not have been possible without Vic's unfailing help. We hope you enjoy this keepsake from the 12th national Seminar 2003".



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Jolly Swagman doll display from Waltzing Matilda song

This doll display was made by Patti and Vic Whittome from Queensland for the Australian National Cake Decoration Seminar in Sydney, New South Wales 23-28 August 2009. “Each delegate that attended received one. I believe there would have been either 220 or 250 made for the occasion. There were not a prize and were not sold”   Helen Robinson from the Australian National Cake Decoration Society corresponded with Mary O'Neill today. 
Size of display 21 cm x 14 cm.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Announcement - Stella Maris Chapel at the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum in Napier

Mary O'Neill Doll Museum Napier
Announcement, 28th of January 2014

A little Stella Maris Chapel (Our Lady, Star of the Sea) will take place at the Mary O'Neill Doll Museum in Napier.
This chapel will include all the dolls which are objects of religious devotion and made by Mary O'Neill for example a Doll of Pope Benedict XVI, Doll of Adele Euprasie Barbier, St. Mary MacKillop etc. At currently there is a new doll of Archangel Michael in preparation. Mary is planning to design a life size figure of Holy Mary.

"This will be a doll museum chapel devoted to Stella Maris. There are a number of churches in the coastal region throughout the world and in New Zealand being named Stella Maris or Our Lady Star of the Sea. Our Lady of the Sea is a protector of those on the sea. Napier is a coastal town. However, this is not the only reason I devoted this chapel to Our Lady Star of the Sea” Mary O’Neill said today. 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Mexican doll "Senorita" by Munecos Carserelle from 1950s

This is an example of the souvenir doll  so called "Senorita", made and sold in Mexico in the 1950s. Tag:   Munecos "Carserelle" Marc. Reg. Hecho en Mexico. Height 34 cm.
Francisco Adele Ferrer  is another  name from the same era  known as a wholesale trader of the same type of dolls, dressed in black laced costume. Height 36 cm.
Broken fan is being restored.