Queen Anne Doll Carving

 

a vintage reproduction wood carved Queen Anne Style doll
Queen Anne style doll

The Queen Anne Doll club.

How One (Members Only) Club Began

At the ODC our members are a diverse bunch who demonstrate a passion and interest in many different doll types and as such we celebrate both those differences and similarities.

In order to satisfy the needs of so many different interests, collectively we decided to start small satellite clubs with members of similar interests.

The “Queen Anne Doll Project” was launched in October of 2002 by a ODC guest speaker, Tess Parrish. Ms. Parrish is an American lace maker, collector and researcher, but by her own admission “not really a doll person”! (Obviously she’s in denial).

While living in Pennsylvania then president (of our group formerly known as the Ottawa Doll and Collector Guild)  Pam Glew, met Tess Parrish at monthly meetings of the International Liberty Lacers Incorporated, or “Liberty Lacers”.

Ironically it wasn’t until the respective residential moves of both Pam Glew to Ottawa, Ontario and Tess Parrish to Falmouth, Maine that they discovered another mutual love; and interest in dolls.

Tess Parrish with her Queen Anne doll.
Tess Parrish with her Queen Anne doll.

Pam was so impressed by Tess’s descriptions and pictures of her reproduction Queen Anne style dolls that she persuaded Tess to visit Ottawa and present a doll. Tess was invited to share the Queen Anne style doll so that members of our guild could make our own reproduction.

Discovering a Love of Dolls

While researching a descendant–painter Charles Willson Peale–Tess came upon a portrait Peale painted of a young Ann Proctor holding a Queen Anne wooden doll.

A potrait of a young girl named Ann Proctor holding a wooden Queen Ann doll.
Ann Proctor with a Queen Ann doll.

Note: The portrait of Ann Proctor can be seen at the Hammond-Harwood House museum in Annapolis Maryland.

Years later Tess was giving a talk in Boston, Massachusetts, on the subject of antique lace, when she noticed a wooden doll. This doll was similar to the Queen Anne doll in the portrait.

Intrigued Tess began making notes, drawings and sketches of that doll.

Tess’ extensive knowledge of textiles, lace and historical costume enabled her to create an accurate reproduction of a Queen Anne doll.

Tess continued to work on this doll project for several years honing her skills and during that time she become a volunteer at the historic Tate House in Portland, Maine. Tess then got the idea that her Queen Anne style doll could be a hands-on learning aid for young visitors.

She then created an entertaining story linking the doll’s fictional history with facts and dates about the childhood of Charles Willson Peale, and his siblings.

Our Members Carve Their Own Queen Anne-style Dolls

Many members dedicated themselves to making their own Queen Anne-style doll and over the years more members have met at past-president Anne Taller’s home to carve and costume their dolls during the summer months.

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