July 13, 2012

Izannah Walker Dolls Celebrate Queen Victoria's Birthday!

Tillie Tinkham the Mouse Is Seen Under The Queen's Chair!
Little girls love to play as though they are Princesses!
Princess Bridget tells the others,
"I am the Eldest and Heir to the Throne!"
Though Bridget is not usually as assertive as her sister Eliza, on this point she insists.
She holds a portrait of Queen Victoria when she was a baby.
The portrait of Bridget is surrounded by a fancy tintype frame.

Bridget and her sister Eliza are Izannah Walker inspired dolls made by talented dollmaker Margaret Flavin. Margaret Flavin named Bridget and Eliza after Izannah Walker's real sisters and Bridget was the eldest of the real Walker sisters.

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The Turret at Castle Corgyncombe.
Heirloom sweet peas are on the arbor.

The girls are delighted to roam about the lovely hills and dales gathering flowers in their vasculum and observing nature!

One morn a little Quail was spotted!

Gathering flowers of May in a vasculum, Violets, Forget-Me-Nots, and Lily of the Valley on a mossy log.

An antique Herbarium with many pressed flowers and plants gathered during a European Tour.
The flowers have all been sewn in place.
Above is Ivy from Kenilworth Castle.
Queen Victoria visited Kenilworth Castle when she was a girl of eleven years.

The girls enjoy gathering and pressing flowers.
After the girls have gathered their flowers they press them in their own flower press.

On the art stand is a small book
"Victoria, The Good Queen and Empress",
that is just the right size for Bridget and Eliza.
Tillie Tinkham, the seamstress mouse at Corgyncombe, made the miniature bobbin lace bookmark.
The book is open to a drawing of little Victoria,
as it says at the top of the page "The Child Princess".

The book was found near the area that A. A. Milne was inspired by to write about the
Hundred Acre Wood in Winnie the Pooh.

Eliza holding the "Little Dear One" and a bouquet of Forget-Me-Nots, Lily of the Valley, and a Violet.

Heather from Loch Katrine in Scotland
The Corgyncombe Courant chose to feature from the Herbarium, specimens gathered in places that Queen Victoria visited.

The shawl Bridget is wearing was woven in Scotland.
It is "Stewart Victoria" Tartan.

The girls celebrated Queen Victoria's birthday,
which was May 24th!

Bridget thinks that the baby portrait of Queen Victoria bears a resemblance to herself!

The Turret at Castle Corgyncombe.

A Remembrance Book of Queen Victoria's Jubilee.

A pressed plant from Edinburgh Castle.

Peonies gathered from Corgyncombe Gardens.

Tillie Tinkham the Seamstress Mouse of Corgyncombe was
Frightened by the Royal Kitty Whilst Under the Queen's Chair!

A small bouquet of Forget-Me-Nots, Lily of the Valley, and a Violet.

Bridget and Eliza's Cousin Charlotte has lovely braided and styled red hair.
It is delightfully old fashioned and reminds us of Queen Victoria!
Charlotte is looking for her coral beads and suspects that her younger cousins might have borrowed it.
Charlotte and all her wonderful clothing were also made by Margaret Flavin.

Charlotte found her beads but the frock that she desires to put on over her chemise and petticoat is amongst the missing...

An old fashioned Corgyncombe rose tussie mussie by candlelight.

Pressed leaves from Holyrood Castle.

Eliza with pressed flowers from the bouquet that Bridget held with Lily of the Valley, bleeding heart, and a violet.
Princess Eliza is wearing the frock that she "borrowed" from her Cousin Charlotte.
She thought it looked fit for a Princess!

Some of the Queen Victoria Ephemera from the Corgyncombe Collection.
The art stand made by Seth Tudor is a replica of the art stand that Tasha Tudor had.

A flower specimen from Melrose Abbey.

Wild Violets at Eliza's feet!

Bridget holding the "Little Dear One" and a bouquet of Lily of the Valley, bleeding heart, and a violet.

A specimen from Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott.

A rose, thyme, forget-me-not, and lavender tussie-mussie from the Gardens about Corgyncombe.

The vasculum with old fashioned children decorating the door.

The lovely flowers within the vasculum rest upon a carpet of moss.

Cousin Emma arrived at Corgyncombe after the Queen Victoria Birthday Celebration.
Here she is taking a moment to adjust and admire her dainty, lovely shoe!
Emma, her clothing and shoes were made by Margaret Flavin.
Emma's shoes look very Queen Victoria!

copyright © 2012 Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson


July 5, 2012

Izannah Walker Dolls Celebrate Independence Day!

A Lovely Summer Day About the Lawn at Corgyncombe!
Bridget, Emma, and Eliza celebrate Independence Day out on the lawn at Corgyncombe!
Emma is a Cousin of Bridget and Eliza. Emma is holding, as the girls call her, the "Little Dear One".
The old fashioned likeness of the girls is surrounded by a fancy tintype frame.

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They have their own small size vasculum and have collected a rose and some lavender that always bloom at Corgyncombe about the time of the 4th of July!

Bridget reads from their book "Child's Life of Washington".

Bridget, Emma, and Eliza are Izannah Walker inspired dolls made by talented dollmaker Margaret Flavin.
Margaret made delightful shoes for each of the girls, as well as their superb clothing!
Margaret Flavin named Bridget and Eliza after Izannah Walker's real sisters and she chose the name Emma because it suited her.

Izannah Walker (1817-1888) made dolls using a special technique.
Izannah Walker lived in New England and her Walker ancestors lived very near where Diane and Sarah's Walkers came from.
You can find more information about Izannah Walker dolls and the technique used in making them in the Christmas 2011 issue of "Early American Life" magazine and in the August 2011 issue of "Antique Doll Collector" magazine.

Eliza holds a small bouquet of lavender and roses.
What a lovely fragrance!

You can see how small their vasculum is!
Moss is placed inside and the flowers can stay fresh for several days within the vasculum.

A special treat for Independence Tea, Carmella Lucille's Vanilla Ice Cream, made using the receipt for "Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream" in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook". It was made in Diane's old White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer. The receipt for "Washington Pie" is also in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook". The design on the "Washington Pie", made by dusting confectioner's sugar over a doily and then taking the doily off, reminds one of spectacular fireworks! The "Washington Pie", made at the Corgyncombe Bakery, has raspberry jam filling and is delicious with Carmella Lucille's Vanilla Ice Cream! The old fashioned roses on the table are from Diane's garden. A scene showing George Washington gathered with his family is on the teapot.

Bridget shows Emma and the "Dear Little One" the picture of George Washington in the book.
Diane told the girls how her 4th great grandfather Elias Taylor served under Gen'l George Washington and how her
6th great grandfather Nehemiah Lyon represented the Woodstock, Connecticut area in the protest of the Stamp Act.
William Scott (
Diane's 4th great grandfather) was born during the Revolutionary War at Fort Ticonderoga as it says in his obituary: "in Ticonderoga Fort, in the dark days of the revolutionary struggle. The men were called into the army and the women and children had to flee to the Fort for safety. They remained there till the surrender of Burgoyne, when they returned to Bennington, Vermont." William Scott's father William Scott was a Revolutionary War soldier.
Diane's 6th great grandfather, Revolutionary War soldier John Hale was 2nd Cousin to the great American patriot Nathan Hale.

The girls are sitting on a lovely old quilt of red, white, and blue!

The white areas of the quilt are made of different fabrics with small festive prints predominantly of blue and red against the white. The quilt has been tied off with blue and white threads. The small prints and the ties give a splendid fireworks appearance! We thought of Independence Day the moment we saw it!

We at the Corgyncombe Courant love how Tasha Tudor illustrates Independence Day in "Around The Year" and "A Time to Keep". Tasha shows picnics, flying and displaying the American flag, firecrackers, and fireworks. In "Around the Year" the page with the eagle, stars, and flags catches the eye of the Corgyncombe Courant.

Some of the Corgyncombe Courant reporters' Revolutionary War soldier direct ancestors were:

Levi Adams Sr.
Serg. Levi Adams Jr.
Benjamite Greene
John Hale
Stephen Harrington
Henry Head
Cyprian Keyes
Nehemiah Lyon
Eliakim May
Joseph Peters
Jared Robinson
Ziba Robinson
William Scott
Stephen Smith
Nathaniel Swift
Elias Taylor
Thomas Weaver

There are several other Revolutionary War soldiers that The Corgyncombe Courant Genealogy Department is researching, also.

We at the Corgyncombe Courant hope that our Dear Readers had a wonderful Independence Day!

copyright © 2012 Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson