Miriam makeba doll

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.