Keeping The Dolls Clean And Tidy

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It interests me greatly when I see Petterssen dolls for sale on the internet that they  are so often poorly posed and also often very untidy looking.  For folks selling dolls regularly I suggest  buying the book so one can see whether the doll being sold have all the costume parts or correct .

Magazine ad 1937

Magazine ad 1937

I have seen dolls offered with entirely unrelated costume pieces. I have even seen in one instance costume pieces replaced with with pieces from another culture all together.  It will look a bit odd. My mother would, well you can imagine.

Damage to dolls or clothing may occur if the dolls are displayed in direct light, especially direct sunlight and left to gather dust, because they are unprotected from dust and moths. The best of course is to place them in a display case. A display case does not have to be extravagant or expensive. Many are constructed from simple pine with glass shelves, glass front and sides. But depending on the space available and the budget available, they can have just a grass front (as door that can open).

Nisse wife

Nisse wife

Displaying them this way protects your investment against (further) damage, because you are keeping them dust free and also can place some form of moth protection with the dolls.  My mother used fabric natural, like cotton and wool. To keep the dolls clean you may want to consult the book which has a chapter on that. But let me say, even in a display case, inspect the dolls a couple of times a year for any damage and brush theme off a bit. This will give you a chance to “play” with them and perhaps rearrange the display to suit your current interest.  The dolls from the smallest to the largest are eminently posable (check earlier blog). If you find you need to part with a doll and have kept them clean as possible and also know how to pose them, that will make the doll far more desirable to a buyer.  We respond to the dolls because of their inherently individual personality. Be with a doll for a bit, it will reveal to you who she/he is.

Here is the full review from Antique doll collector Magazine. Click on the image and it will be large enough to read. It is also posted on the Review page, accessible at the top.Antique doll review 1014

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Norwegian Emigrant Museum

Sami group

Sami group

I have had some delightful exchanges with curators at the Norwegian Folk Museum, The Norwegian Emigrant Museum and Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum over this past week. Today I received several photographs from the Emigrant Museum located in Ottestad, Norway not too far north of Oslo, in other words within easy visiting range if you travel to Norway.  If you have gotten the book you should find it easy to identify the costumes by region in these photographs.  The other Museums are also easy to find and I encourage you to visit if you are in their area. You will be glad you did.

Also new today is that a copy of the book was delivered to the Library of Congress, so it can be included in their library. I am excited about that. The book is of course available through Amazon.com and through Amazon in Europe. We will soon have a Bowker widget to make buying the book directly through the website easier.

Dolls in Norwegian Costumes

Dolls in Norwegian Costumes

Don’t miss the first of three editiorial reviews; Antique Doll Collector Magazine  Monter4

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Editorial Review

Donna Kaonis of the Antique Doll Collector Magazine has written a thoughtful review of my book for the magazine’s September online version of the September page.  The review will appear in the magazine’s print copy in October.  I am of course tickled pink with this thorough review.  There are slated to be two more editorial reviews later this fall and I will of course, as always, keep you posted.

Last week I also received permission to share with you the Hardanger Bridal Couple given to Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in 1975. As it turns out they own a few more dolls. I am looking forward to seeing photos of them.

Hardanger Bridal Couple, Vesteheim Norwegian American Museum, 1975

Hardanger Bridal Couple, Vesteheim Norwegian American Museum, 1975

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Rønnaug Petterssen ca 1950

Rønnaug Petterssen ca 1950

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Of Museums And Such

 

Hardanger costumes

Hardanger costumes

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Within the next couple of weeks copies of the book will have arrived at three museums, two in Norway and one in the US, destined for their libraries. The enthusiastic response to my offer of sending copies was warming. Norsk Folkemuseum (the Norwegian Folk Museum) In Oslo, Norway and the Migration Museum/Emigrant Museum in Ottestad, Norway have their collection of Rønnaug Petterssen’s dolls still on display. Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, while they don’t own a collection of dolls, nevertheless have a beautiful bridal couple from Hardanger. These two dolls were a gift from the Norwegian Folk Museum in 1975 on the occasion of a visit from King Olav V who was in the United States to mark 150 years of Norwegian emigration. Already in the works at the time was the purchase of a collection of dolls by Norsk Utenriksdepartement (the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) also in the connection with the 150 year celebration. This collection, designed as a travelling exhibit, consisted of 26 dolls and opened in New York. After the opening it traveled on to various locations through out the US  to promote Norway, Norwegian Culture and travel to Norway. The collection is now permanently housed at the Emigrant Museum. To read more about it you will need to get the book.

It is exciting to know that the book will be a permanent part of the reference libraries at these three wonderful institutions.

 

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