An early 19th-century French doll's chair with its original needlepoint seat found at a Paris antiques shop. The wide band beneath the needlepoint was added in the 20th-century, perhaps to cover the exposed brass nailheads that attach the needlepoint to the chair. The vintage lace doll's hat was found last year at a brocante at Bastille. All that's missing is a doll!
Do any of you remember the book Hitty: Her First Hundred Years? Rachel Field's tale of a wooden doll and her far-flung adventures was one of my favourite books from childhood. The book apparently was inspired by a real doll, which is displayed in a museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. I am looking for a vintage hardback copy of the book. If you come across one, please email me.
Another childhood book I adored was Betty MacDonald's Nancy and Plum. I read it to my own daughter, along with Hitty: Her First Hundred Years, which was checked out from the school library. But it was Louisa May Alcott's Little Women that really affected me and made me want to be a writer. What were your favourite childhood books?