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.
ABIGAIL ADAMS - FIRST LADIES (Item# 467674872)
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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.
Acquired through Ebay April 2002