Are you familiar with A Girl For All Time Dolls?
They are a wonderful line of dolls from Great Britain depicting historical eras in British history, much like the American Girl historical dolls do for the United States.
This is Matilda Marchmont. She is the first in the line of dolls from this series, and depicts a 13 year old Tudor girl from the time of Henry VIII. The other four dolls (so far) in this line are her descendents, so they are all related! What a neat concept. There are books that go along with these dolls as well, telling their stories.
This photo is credited to Swish-swirl.com who sews fabulous outfits for these girls. From left to right are Matilda, Lydia (Georgian girl), Amelia (Victorian girl), Clementine (1940's girl), and Sam (1960's girl)
As you can see, I have redressed my Matilda into a more current day dress, although she still reminds me of an old-fashioned girl. I styled her long, luxurious hair into looped braids, which instantly made her look like a young Margaret O'Brien to me:
The first time I saw these dolls, I wasn't sure if I liked them. Their faces are definitely different from most other dolls on the market. But the more I looked at them, the more they grew on me.
Matilda came with the key necklace--I think it is supposed to unlock a hidden compartment in her trunk where she hides her diary. Mysterious!
I have to take a moment and show the cutest little bear I found at Goodwill the other day. The minute I picked him up, I knew he was a quality teddy-bear. He had a hang tag which identified him as an artist's bear made by Steve Shutt. He is all jointed and 100% mohair, and he wears the most darling, little sailor outfit. I love him! Not a bad purchase for $2, I think!
I love Matilda's serious expression...
...and I think Matilda loves Little Bear.
Lydia is the next one I'd like to add to my collection. Not quite as serious as Matilda, she has the hint of a smile beginning to show.
Another photo courtesy of swish-swirl.com...this is Elinor, the Elizabethan girl. She is slated to be released this fall. I love, love, love her red hair and blue eyes combination!
These dolls are completely vinyl and jointed in the usual places, as well as at their elbows and knees. They stand 16" tall and are much thinner than American Girl dolls, so they cannot share clothes. However, that will not stop me from adding more to my collection--these dolls are gorgeous! Everything about them is high quality--their outfits are beautifully made and close with snaps (no Velcro)--and their hair feels real, like human hair! There are books available that go along with these dolls, but they don't come with the doll. I will most likely buy Matilda's book soon as I'd love to read more about her time in history. You can see all these dolls and their available extra clothing and accessories at www.agirlforalltime.com .
Happy 4th of July!