“Honest, faithful, and true reproductions of existing original 150+ year old Izannah Walker dolls. Made by hand, one at a time, with exacting standards to make them as close to the originals as possible.”
There are currently no finished dolls available for sale, if you would like to be notified when dolls are available for purchase I would be very happy to place you on my “new dolls” email mailing list if you will send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. When you are on the list you will receive an email whenever I post a doll for sale.
At the moment I have more custom orders than I can juggle, so I’m not taking any custom orders until I clear away some of my backlog, which is going to take me quite some time.
However, I do continue to make other non-custom reproduction Izannah Walker dolls and post them for open sales. I think the very best way to buy a doll is when you see one that calls to you and tugs on your heart strings, so I do think it is very important to have finished dolls for sale that people can see and fall in love with.
I’ll add you to the email mailing list right away. Don’t be at all surprised if you do not get an email notice immediately. The dolls each take an extremely long time to make, just as they always did when Izannah was making them… I work more or less constantly on them, but it still feels as if each doll takes “forever”. I should probably also mention that once I post a doll or dolls for sale they usually sell very, very quickly. Thank you so much for your interest in my work. It is greatly appreciated.
post script ~ I do have a “Wish List, that helps me decide which dolls to make for open sales… If you have a particular doll or other item that you would purchase if it were available, please leave a comment to add it to the wish list https://asweetremembrance.com/category/wish-list/ . I’ll take “wishes” into consideration when choosing which categories to open up first, when designing new items, and when making dolls for “open shopping” when I post newly made dolls for sale here on my Izannah Walker Journal.
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Charlcie, the doll shown in the video has been sold, but I thought you might still enjoy watching as Rachel Hoffman un-boxes her ❤
Keep reading below to learn all about my dolls. To be notified when I have new reproduction Izannah Walker dolls for sale:
About my Reproduction Izannah Walker dolls
The culmination of over 10 years of research and trial and error, these painted cloth dolls are reproductions of nine pre-patent c. 1850-1865 Izannah Walker dolls in my personal collection and seven from the collections of dear friends. They are made specifically for the Izannah purist who values a strict adherence to original construction methods and materials. My goal is to make each doll, as closely as possible, in the same way Izannah Walker made her dolls. I pour every bit of my 33 years of doll making experience into making my reproductions look like authentic antique Izannah Walker dolls from the inside out.
I drafted my patterns and made the molds for the pressed cloth heads directly from my antique Izannahs. The doll bodies are made from 100% cotton fabric, their heads are stiffened silk stockinette, and their “second skin” is made from antique linen and cotton fabrics. They are stuffed with organic cotton stuffing to match the stuffing in the original dolls. All painted areas on the dolls are painted with multiple layers of artist oils. I drafted the patterns for the doll clothing from the garments worn by my antique Izannah Walker dolls (which are original to the dolls) and from additional antique dresses in my collection.
The dress fabrics are antique cottons and wools dating from 1830 – 1890. The fabric used in the undergarments is taken from vintage cotton sheets and household lines and antique women’s petticoats, which matches what was used in the doll’s original chemise and pantalets. You may special order a doll made from reproduction fabrics. All buttons and lace are antiques. I sew the clothing by machine and by hand exactly in the same manner as the originals.
The base price for my 14 – 18.5 inch dolls is $1495. Larger 20 – 23 inch dolls are priced from $1649. – $2150. *Dolls with bare feet, or clothing that is especially elaborate and/or made from more expensive antique materials, cost more. Accessories such as bonnets, pockets, outerwear, aprons and extra dresses are additional. Hand-made leather shoes are $75-$125. I am happy to offer up to 3 months layaway on dolls over $2000.
There are two ways to purchase my dolls. You may either buy one of my completed dolls or you may order a **
custom doll made to your specifications. Each doll takes “forever” to make, so I never have very many finished dolls available at once. I will try to list available dolls here on the website, although it’s much faster for me to pop them up on my blog, www.izannahwalker.com. So check over at the blog to see what I’m currently working on, dolls fresh out of my studio, and my rare eBay auctions.
** At this time I am not accepting orders for custom made dolls. Once I work through my current back-log of orders I’ll re-instate custom orders. Fully finished dolls are usually posted as soon as they are completed at www.izannahwalker.com . Occasional “Pop-Up Shop” postings will also feature dolls. Email email@example.com if you would like to be added to my new dolls email list and be notified when I have reproduction Izannah Walker dolls available.**
Once custom orders are available again you may specify:
– which of my 16 different molds of actual antique Izannah Walker doll that you would like me to use to create the doll’s pressed cloth head
– if you would like your doll to look well-loved and worn, newly made, or somewhere in between, some molds are more suited to “New” or “Aged” appearances
– skin tone
– girl or boy
– hair style
– bare feet or painted boots (bare feet and leather shoes are extra)
– clothing style and particulars
– if you would like multiple dresses or additional garments or accessories
Approximate Shipping Time: This can vary greatly depending on my back log. I’m not accepting custom orders at the moment because I’m already booked rather far into the future. As soon as I catch up a bit I’ll start taking custom orders again.
❤ If you have a particular doll or other item that you would purchase if it were available, please leave a comment on the Wish List. I’ll take “wishes” into consideration when choosing which categories to open up first, when designing new items, and when making dolls for my “Third Thursday” of the month posting of dolls for sale on www.izannahwalker.com. ❤
Here is a glimpse of what goes on in my studios when I am making my reproduction Izannah Walker dolls.
Gallery of Original Izannah Walker Dolls & Examples of My Reproductions
14 to 18.5 INCH DOLLS
14 – 18.5 inch dolls start at $1495.00*
14 Inch Izzybelle
16 Inch Lizzybit
17 Inch Anna
17 Inch Lily
18 Inch Isabeau
18 Inch Ismay
18 Inch Hannah
18 Inch Isane
18 Inch Prudence
18 Inch Emmaline
18 Inch Isadora
18 Inch Zanna
18.5 Inch Eliza Jane
20 Inch Tilly J. Lamb
$1649.00 only available with painted boots.
23 Inch Charlcie Savannah Suzybelle
$1875.00 base price with painted boots *
22.5 Inch Early Izannah
$2150.00 Only available with bare feet and handmade leather shoes.
*Dolls with bare feet, or clothing that is especially elaborate and/or made from more expensive antique materials, cost more.