Just when I thought the month couldn't get better, I'd offered to make a friend of mine three tiny wooden dolls for her mignonette doll house. She'd found some teensy vintage furniture for the mignonettes to play with and they needed wee dollies to go with the set. She'd asked for one 3/4" doll and two just 1" tall. The 3/4" dolly needed to be a baby to lay in a rocking cradle and the two others would sit in bitty chairs.
I wanted to make three very different and colorful little dolls for the mignonettes to play with. After all, what kind of dolls would a child at the turn of the 20th century have played with? Varied, different and amusing little dolls! I'd also read the wonderful article in Winter Doll News on Queen Victoria's Tuck Comb dolls. I'd planned to make some tiny ones with the French Fashion collector in mind to display with her French Fashion dolls, but...well...no sales put a stop to that. Here was the perfect venue to try one. What I ended up making was a baby, a little German girl doll, and a tiny Tuck Comb or Penny Wooden as they were often referred to. The only trouble I really ran into was the fact that once the dollies were dressed, they couldn't sit nicely, and the purpose for making them was to have them sit in the furniture!