Thursday, August 9, 2007

I’d planned to show you one of my newer acquisitions, a wicker donkey purse, but I’ll save it for another day. I’m posting this photo instead, as we had a 4.5 earthquake last night and my beautiful 1920s French mannequin head flopped over. Luckily, she didn’t break. She also made it through the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake (I bought her from a San Francisco-based dealer in '94, after the Northridge quake), so I guess she’s one tough chick. Here she is modeling a ‘40s hat I purchased from the original owner, who told me she spent a week’s pay on it while working in a factory during World War II. She’s also got Herman the Ermine (don’t ask) wrapped around her neck and, of course, a lovely 1940s handbag. There’s no label, but it’s obviously a Cordè, with its swirly textured design. I love the acrylic zipper pull and wristlet handle. And I love my mannequin head. Which is why she’s been moved from the top of my ‘40s vanity to the carpeted floor. Not as much of a drop if we have another quake.

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4 comments:

jungle dream pagoda said...

I'm so glad she's a survivor! She's a beauty!

Wendy said...

It's been 13 years, and I still haven't named her. Claudette? Babette? Quakette?

sweetheartville said...

She is absolutely stunning! She's seen a lot in her day, huh?

Wendy said...

You'd never know it by that serene expression!