Kewpie dolls come from the comics produced by Rose O’Neill in America – first started in 1909. O’Neill described her ideal for Kewpie to be a “sort of round fairy whose one idea is to teach people to be merry and kind”. Just why Kewpie is always depicted as naked except for red shoes with underwear an optional extra has never been explained.
This Kewpie figurine is unusual in that it has gilt flourishes- very rare for 1920s pieces- and she is wearing a box brownie camera. Some sort of junior reporter or budding photographer? The figurine is also very detailed for a 20s hand-painted piece- particularly the face and hair.
A must for all kewpie collectors, the figurine is in excellent condition and is for sale: $AUD75
A recent addition to our home. These haberdashery drawers are made of maple, and were made for McDowells Department Store in Sydney in the 1920s. McDowells was in George Street, near the General Post Office. I’ve researched the piece, and while the maple was imported from England, it was constructed in Sydney.
There are thirty-two drawers, each divided into 25 compartments with which I am well acquainted, having cut 3″ x 3″ [75mm x75mm] felt squares to line each one. That’s 800 felt squares, people!
The drawers now house all manner of stuffs – plus all my vintage haberdashery items, which is only fitting. The top is home to an ever changing array of vintage pieces : seen here [from l to r]: brass kookaburra book ends [1920s]; salt fired platter [1980s]; industrial filter flask [1960s] and pottery dog [1990s.] Ok, that last one is retro, not vintage.