I am so thrilled with them, though, that I felt the need to show them off straight away.
As you can probably guess, Shelly Baxter has repainted them for me. The flat, uniform brown of the Trendon Sweater Girls'eyes has never really appealed to me, but the doll on the left belonged to my good friend Ellie and was the only one she ever bought new so I wanted to keep her. When I saw her sister on Shelly's site, I decided to buy her and ask Shelly to turn them into twins.
At first glance, they look to have the same eye colour. But actually......
................Violette's are a blue/grey and..........
............. Hazel's are green.
These girls represent my grandmother, Violette Emma and her twin sister, Hazel Amelia. They were born in 1888 when, of course, all girls had long hair, but they and their adoptive sister Georgianna were admitted to a fever hospital and, scarlet fever being frequently fatal in 1897, they were kept there for months. Their hair was cut short as long hair was believed to sap a patient's strength and slow, or prevent recovery. When they came out, they hoped to be allowed to keep their short locks, but were made to allow their hair to grow again, in order to be lady-like.
Hazel came to me with her hair as it was rooted, except that it was very dusty. All that was required was to have it washed and gently styled again. Being previously owned only by an adult, she had never had a trim or had her hair over brushed and her stringing was in good order. She stands well and is easier to pose and photograph than her sister. Her face is slightly wider than Violette's too.
Violette has clearly had a hair trim. She looks more like a Gregor than a Sweater Girl at the moment, whilst there is no mistaking Hazel's typical Sweater Girl hair style. Violette's hair is also slightly frizzy over her left ear and is a little harsh to the touch, presumably she's had a child owner at some time. It is no problem though as washing and conditioning will improve that and they are, after all, fraternal, and not identical twins. Added to that, I love to know these dolls have belonged to and been played with by, a child - it is, after all, what they were designed and made for.
When I saw the two Ruth's Dolls kilt outfits for sale on Shelly's site, I snapped them up for the twins. They are, of course, far more my generation's clothing than that of my grandmother, but all my dolls are seasoned time travellers and I have always loved these sets. I may change the shoes to the traditional brown or black bar shoes, though.
I love the twins and, since Georgianna was raised as though she was their triplet, she will have to be shown here next time!