very naughty gooey dessert treats
whimsical little creatures albeit kind-hearted sprites created by Palmer Cox during the later 1870s.
~ Brownie Nine-pins ~
A few years back a dear friend Mrs. S. was conversing with me via the phone and somehow the topic about Brownies came up. Thinking she was speaking about the dessert brownies I was anticipating a pan of chocolate goodies for our next trip...lol. Alas it was not meant to be BUT the conversation got me interested in pursuing a little more info on these tiny gentlemen of whimsey and design a MADAME Whimsey special bracelet for Mrs. S.
~ The Foot Race ~
~ Handkerchief ~
The Dude was the most popular !
Four years later....and I am hooked....lol. I will not say it is an obsession nor the main focus of my collecting. BUT......I love to read, gather and absorb all that I can find about the Brownies and their creator...lol...OK I have just a wee obsession.
Over the next few months I will include more info & photos I have gathered...
there is no set schedule.....it takes about 5 full days to gather, sort, write and edit.....I am an artist and make no claim to fame as a writer....lol. Plus my husband needs a little attention once in a while...
Check back often for interesting facts and images. I would love to include images and info from my darling readers !
There is a quiz below....lol...and a dandy prize to boot !
* * * Brownies * * *
PART 1 -
* Brownie Items *
Many of these antique items are comics and books written & illustrated by Palmer Cox the creator of the Brownies. Due to the popularity of the Brownies, dolls were created in different materials which lead to more merchandising with the Brownie images on dishes...
~ Brownie Salt & Pepper Shakers ~
I just found out more info on these shakers. They are Napoli pattern glass by Mt. Washington Glass. The Napoli pattern is a raised web-like design....very rare.
They sold through Skinner, Inc.in a live auction a few winters back for $6000.00.
Source: The GPSA Gazette June 2007
....rubber stamps, frames, humidors, desk items, toys such as nine-pins and ten-pins...
Two of the most unusual items I came across were a .......
Photo from Roy Nuhn article (see sources below)
* Brownie Dolls *
Some of the more colorful Brownie dolls were printed as paper dolls & were very popular. I will write about these & show photos at a later date.
Other Brownie dolls that were very popular with children were printed on cotton fabric panels featuring the most popular Brownie characters. There were 12 cloth dolls not 10 as some sources state. A person would purchase these 1 yard panels for 20 cents in dry good stores and take them home, cut out the back and front of the 8" with seam the individual printed doll. More than likely they were hand stitched together and made doll-like with a bit of stuffing made of cotton, wool, fabric scraps or even bran for a more hefty feel. Once sewn the doll size was smaller from 6.5" to 7.5" depending on the skill of the sewer in sewing seams & how much stuffing was used.
Arnold Print Works
North Adams, Mass.
~ My Set Of Antique Brownie Dolls ~
The Dude, Canadian, Irishman
John-Bull, Highlander, Chinaman, Sailor
at 12" & 16.5" before sewn.
I include 2 photos from the few images I have come across.
Information on these larger dolls is very scarce.
~ A Cotton Fabric Panel for a 16.5" Brownie Doll - Uncut ~
Cocheco Manufacturing Company
Lawrence & Co.
Another source (2)does state that the male Brownies did dress up as women during a few escapades.
Oh my, I do hope one was not just dressed as a Nurse & there really is at least
one female Brownie.
Famous American Soldier Plays With Dolls
General George S. Patton played (c)with a group of six Palmer Cox cloth dolls - Sailor, Indian, John-Bull, Highlander & the German. In fact a set of 26 Brownies went to bed with him every night. Born in November of 1886 he was raised with a life of hunting, fishing, horseback riding and playing history games. He loved to reenact battles and was quite imaginative.
One can only imagine the trials those little Brownies went through in the tiny hands of this future commanding and highly decorated General. The dolls were on exhibit at the Patton Museum of Calvary and Armor at Fort Knox, Kentucky. My magazine source (below) is dated 1986 so contact the museum first before making the trip.
with a vintage toy such as a small piano, wagon or vintage toy car.
With Easter coming.... The Dude Brownie riding a rabbit or pig would be a hoot !
~ The Irishman ~
Larger replica with antique doll
sorry antique doll not for sale
"In greatest trials always bright, I bear a heart 'That's ever light"
At an introductory rate the replica Irishman dolls sell for $ 22.00 each...as the limited edition sells...the price does rise. So I am featuring the Irishman this month of March. The price of $ 22.00 is good until I feature the next Brownie.....guess who.
~ The Dude ~
Larger replica with antique doll
sorry antique doll not for sale
"I'm called a dude because I show The fashions, and good form, you know"
The first replica doll featured in February ....The Dude now sells for $ 24.00.
The remaining characters I will be offering for sale over this year of 2011 are -
Policeman, Indian, Uncle Sam, German, Canadian, Highlander, Soldier, Sailor, Chinaman and John-Bull
The month they are introduced they will start out at $ 22.00 each until the next replica doll is featured. Shipping is extra but minimal.
I did create 2 Brownie charm bracelets....which I will feature at a later date. I made one for
Mrs. S and a customer of mine last summer when we attended the Golden Glow Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This years convention which I am attending with Mrs. S will be in Rye, New York.....I cant wait !!
My dear friend Mrs. S created the most fabulous Brownie pincushion as a birthday gift to me last November...it is wonderful and very whimsical ....I am so tickled that I will share with you on a later date. My wee gentleman is so cool and anyone who sees him will be coveting him. But you will have to wait as his unveiling will be in the summer....probably around the 4th of July.
Magazine Articles & Photos-
(a) Talking Antiques Palmer Cox's Brownie Band, Ever Adventurous Imps by Cynthia Musser * DOLLS Magazine Dec. 2007
(b) Palmer Cox's Brownies A Merry Band of Elves by Roy Nuhn * ANTIQUE DOLL Mag. 2004
(c) It is 1986 - Do You Know The Toys Your Children Play With ?
by J. H. Schoelwer * DOLL READER Magazine April 1986
Website or Web pages -
(1) www.gnomesandfairies.com/vagabond.html - Wayne Morgan lecture notes from
the 1996 Letita Penn Doll Club conference.
(2) www.toycollectormagazine.com - Article called Palmer Cox's Brownies From Folklore To Funny Pages Written by Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg * TOY COLLECTOR MAGAZINE
~ Brownies Around The Maypole ~
Please feel free to share with me...your own knowledge, interesting unknown facts and images about the
Brownies or Palmer Cox.
I would love to include your photos of individual items or groups of items collected.....
from the tiniest to the biggest...from the common to the absurd.
There is always a quiz !!!
* QUIZ *
Why were the Brownies called Brownies ?
There are actually a few reasons.....and an interesting tidbit about their faces as claimed by the creator Palmer Cox !
Who could actually see the Brownies ?
What time of day did the Brownies come out ?
The first person to answer all three correctly according to my sources ....wins my one of my replica The Dude cloth dolls....yes really.
~ The Dude - Front & Back ~
Only rules are:
- Send your answers via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via this blog....no phone calls please
- The doll has to be shipped via US Mail within the US
- I am allowed to mention the winners full name & state in the blog.
Hint: some of the answers seem easy but are a bit tricky.....so do your research carefully on cloth dolls, the Brownies and the biography of Palmer Cox via books, articles and the internet dont forget knowledgeable historians, doll dealers and museums.
Yours in a whimsey,