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Mary Lincoln Dolls
05-31-2013, 08:00 PM
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Mary Lincoln Dolls
We have discussed wax figures of Mary and latex figures of Mary. Does anyone have photos of Mary Lincoln dolls? I own a box full of the doll kits made by Yield House, but only two of them are finished.

Madame Alexander created a ML doll, as did Suzanne Gibson. Any others?
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05-31-2013, 08:20 PM
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
Here's a web sit about paper dolls of the Lincoln family, although that's probably not what your looking for.

http://www.rainbowresource.com/product/A...subject=20

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06-01-2013, 06:01 AM (This post was last modified: 06-01-2013 07:13 AM by BettyO.)
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
I know years ago the US Historical Society made a BEAUTIFUL Mary Lincoln Doll - complete with Jewelry. She was porcelain. I wanted one badly and never got it....

Here's a link to the Madam Alexander Doll -

http://www.dollcloset.com/Madame_Alexand...Dolls.html

[Image: malincolngbo.jpg]


This Mary Lincoln Doll is also beautiful - and surprisingly, not TOO expensive!

http://antiquechild.com/mary-lincoln-doll-dress/


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The BEST dolls were from the US Historical Society - their dolls were lovely - don't even know if they are still in business (they were based out of Richmond, VA.) The Abe doll is for sale on eBay - and VERY Expensive!!

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/lincoln-doll

Here is the booklet for the US Historical Society Abe and Mary Doll - written by Harold Holzer -

[Image: maryandabedollsbyholzer.jpg]


Here's Abe. You can see the quality. If I remember correctly, Mary was lovely!


[Image: abedoll.jpg]

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06-01-2013, 08:45 AM
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
I have a Mary Lincoln doll I bought years ago at the museum in Springfield. It probably still is for sale there.

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06-01-2013, 09:59 AM (This post was last modified: 06-01-2013 10:07 AM by Donna McCreary.)
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
(06-01-2013 06:01 AM)BettyO Wrote:  I know years ago the US Historical Society made a BEAUTIFUL Mary Lincoln Doll - complete with Jewelry. She was porcelain. I wanted one badly and never got it....

Here's a link to the Madam Alexander Doll -

http://www.dollcloset.com/Madame_Alexand...Dolls.html

[Image: malincolngbo.jpg]


This Mary Lincoln Doll is also beautiful - and surprisingly, not TOO expensive!

http://antiquechild.com/mary-lincoln-doll-dress/


[Image: marylincolnblk.jpg]


The BEST dolls were from the US Historical Society - their dolls were lovely - don't even know if they are still in business (they were based out of Richmond, VA.) The Abe doll is for sale on eBay - and VERY Expensive!!

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/lincoln-doll

Here is the booklet for the US Historical Society Abe and Mary Doll - written by Harold Holzer -

[Image: maryandabedollsbyholzer.jpg]


Here's Abe. You can see the quality. If I remember correctly, Mary was lovely!


[Image: abedoll.jpg]


Betty, thanks for the wonderful photos! If you go to the website for the doll dressed in black, you can do a search for Mary Lincoln and read about the project. I was very surprised to read this page since my name and book are mentioned. I had correspondend with the owner of this business several years ago. My goal was to have several dolls made in the same style as Mary's dresses. I provided the doll kits, most of the fabric, and several pieces of trim for this project. These were suppose to be 'one of a kind' dolls created just for my collection. She charged me over $200 per doll. I am shocked to see a doll just like my "one of a kind" selling for $89.00.
Amazing what one can find on the internet -- and what a lesson I have learned.

I should point out that the question about dolls is from my current writing project. I have a list of Mary Lincoln dolls, but I know there is at least one missing from my list. Several years ago a doll was listed on ebay. Since I do not really collect dolls, I did not purchase it, and now I can not remember the name of the designer. The doll was very well made and wore a purple dress.

Betty, the doll from the U.S. Historical Society is very beautiful. I saw one several years ago and remember the jewelry was well done.
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06-01-2013, 01:42 PM
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
Thanks, Donna!

I don't collect dolls, but I DO love the costumes -- and did want the Mary Lincoln doll from the US Historical Society. She was beautiful with lovely seed pearl jewelry. Very realistic looking.

I did find a doll in the purple velvet dress online here:

http://pastperfectvintage.blogspot.com/2...-1865.html

Is this the one? She is very nice....

[Image: mrslincolnpurpledress.jpg]

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06-01-2013, 07:23 PM (This post was last modified: 06-01-2013 07:36 PM by Donna McCreary.)
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
(06-01-2013 01:42 PM)BettyO Wrote:  Thanks, Donna!

I don't collect dolls, but I DO love the costumes -- and did want the Mary Lincoln doll from the US Historical Society. She was beautiful with lovely seed pearl jewelry. Very realistic looking.

I did find a doll in the purple velvet dress online here:

http://pastperfectvintage.blogspot.com/2...-1865.html

Is this the one? She is very nice....

[Image: mrslincolnpurpledress.jpg]

This appears to be a mannequin. The link is an article saying this is Mary's orginial dress at the Smithsonian. It was probably a doll sold by a company such as Franklin Mint, or part of a "First Ladies" doll series. I did find a lsit of companies which have manufactured "First Ladies" dolls. Hopefully, an intenet search will also provide photographs.
Thanks for looking Betty. You are wonderful.
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06-01-2013, 08:15 PM
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
Donna, I know that I've seen a Mary Lincoln doll in that lovely purple gown! This is going to drive me crazy -

Here is the US Historical Society doll -

[Image: marylincolndoll.jpg]


[Image: marylincolndollback.jpg]


[Image: marylincolndollushistor.jpg]


Thanks, Donna! Glad to oblige...

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06-02-2013, 09:50 PM
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
(06-01-2013 08:15 PM)BettyO Wrote:  Donna, I know that I've seen a Mary Lincoln doll in that lovely purple gown! This is going to drive me crazy -

Here is the US Historical Society doll -

[Image: marylincolndoll.jpg]


[Image: marylincolndollback.jpg]


[Image: marylincolndollushistor.jpg]


Thanks, Donna! Glad to oblige...

This is by far the best doll wearing the white gown with rufffles. I have searched and searched. I did find companies which made "First Ladies" dolls. I have not been able to located photos for the ones made by Nortel, Brinn's, or Carlson.
I did find that Suzanne Gibson was commissioned by the Smithsonian to create dolls for Reeves International. Her "Mary" wore the purple dress. I am wondering if this is the one I remember. The one I saw years ago was in mint condition, and the ones I have seen recently are not.
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01-21-2014, 08:05 PM
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
Mary Lincoln, Madam Alexander doll on Ebay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Madame-Alexander...461859e6b8

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01-22-2014, 08:52 AM
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
I have Abraham and Mary Lincoln salt & pepper shakers! I'm at work so I can't post a picture. Don't laugh- I have a JFK salt shaker that is worth around fifty dollars! Anyway, the Mary Lincoln dolls are beautiful indeed.

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01-22-2014, 09:33 AM (This post was last modified: 01-22-2014 09:34 AM by Gene C.)
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
Is Abraham the salt and Mary the pepper? Smile

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01-22-2014, 10:05 AM
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
You know, i don't remember? Would there be something symbolic in the way they are designated?

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01-22-2014, 12:04 PM
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
Figuratively,
Lincoln - the salt of the earth
Mary - hot tempered

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01-22-2014, 05:14 PM
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RE: Mary Lincoln Dolls
I'll check on it when I get home. Sounds right to me Gene.

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