While my collections aren’t quite Borgin & Burkes, they do at times, verge upon creepy with pinch of unconventional, an edge of steampunk and a notch of practicality. Sometimes, I even surprise myself with things that appeal to me.
Fortunately, when it comes to gifts, my family totally understands me and my quirks.
Meet the doll boy, who does not yet have a name.
There are several curious aspects to this doll. He appears to be made of vulcanised rubber (gutta percha) which was invented in the mid nineteenth century. On the era of his clothes and the toy plane in his hand, I’d call this doll Edwardian, but incase you missed it, he’s wearing a fez, so that makes him what? Turkish? Even that being the case, he was originally made and exported from Japan. According to the internet ‘made in…’ began in about 1915 but prior to 1921, Japanese products were mostly labelled Nippon perhaps making him a doll of the 1920s. The closest example I can find on the internet is a doll from a 1901 shipwreck though it is not of Japanese origin.
My other, slightly quirky presents can be found below.
What every girl needs. Old books. A child-sized cobblers’ shoe mold and literally a pair of handles.
Hope you all had a merry Christmas, or Festivus, or holiday. Joy to all!