BISQUE DOLL - ABIGAIL ADAMS - FIRST LADIES SHE IS SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL, AN 18-INCH DOLL with bisque head/shoulders, cloth body, bisque arms, legs; nice molded details include hair, hair ribbon, shoes; lovely painted features and hair and even soft pink nails. She is really much nicer than the photos. Her dress is quite elegant and she has lace trimmed undergarments (petticoat & pantaloons). Condition of both the doll and clothing is excellent, I could find no flaws. She is marked with her name written into the bisque on her back but I could find no makers name. Abigail Adams (1744-1818) was the wife of our 4th president, John Adams, and mother of our 6th president, John Quincy Adams, and a very interesting woman. I don't know much about the history of this doll; it was a part of my mother's doll collection.
02568 Jennifer wrote ABIGAIL ADAMS - FIRST LADIES (Item# 467674872) Delivered-To: From: Date: Tue, Oct 31, 2000, 6:35am Subject: Re: BISQUE DOLL - ABIGAIL ADAMS - FIRST LADIES (Item# 467674872) To: Hi Elizabeth, I really don't know anything about the history of this doll, I wish I did. My mother was always going to catalogue her doll collection and never did!. Her name is written by hand into the bisque on the back, it is difficult to see and I missed it for quite a while -- it's large enough, but the top of her dress is sewn -- just tacked in a couple of places -- onto the cloth body just below the bisque shoulders and it's hard to pull back to get a clear view of the writing, but the writing itself is quite clear. Interestingly, there was a show on the history channel the other night about the White House celebrating its 200th birthday, and there was a segment about John and Abigail Adams -- they showed her portrait and the dolls face is really a good representation, assuming the portrait was! My mother's name was Frances Carleton Sawyer, she lived most of her life in Massachusetts, a few years in DC, collected dolls from early adulthood, though did not have a huge collection, she was a member of the local and national doll clubs, died in 1988 at the age of 85. I I wish I could tell you when, where, how and why she got this doll -- she had no other first ladies dolls and I don't think it was a particular interest of hers so perhaps this was a gift. Jennifer Stix

Acquired through Ebay April 2002