Saturday, March 26, 2011

Magical Moment 415, "Long Lost Twins"

I love visiting old, cluttered antique shops. I love rummaging through the mess and spotting something that sparks an old memory. I think, Oh I remember seeing something like that in my grandma's basement. And then for a minute, I can reminisce over that thought.

Sometimes the feeling is so overwhelming, I just have to buy whatever it is I see. When we lived in North Carolina, I found this doll and I couldn't believe it! It was just like one that my mother had as a little girl. I remember because I played with her too. Her name was Hilda. I bought the doll, took pictures, and e-mailed them to my mom. A short time later, she sent me her doll Hilda because she thought they should be together. I know nothing about the two dolls except they are identical down to the hand stitched lace on their bonnets, and their hair is a different color. They now sit together on my shelf, thankful to have found each other again after all these years.
Left: Hilda, Right: Hilda's twin

Only a few short days ago, in Sleepy Hollow, NY, I discovered another remarkable find. I immediately recognized her long, flowing skirt. My mother had given me her old figurine just this last Christmas. She now sits on a glass shelf in my hallway. I picked up her win at the antique store and brought her home. On the bottom of each girl's skirt are the hand-etched words, "Josef Originals." It makes me think that maybe there are more out there. At least these two have each other now.
Left: My mother's figurine, Right: Her twin


I'll tell you one thing, it's always better when we're together

Mmm, it's always better when we're together
Yeah, we'll look at the stars when we're together
Well, it's always better when we're together
-Jack Johnson

5 comments:

Linda said...

That is so interesting about the dolls. I'd love to know the history of Hilda's twin. Where has she been all these years? Was she loved and played with, or did she sit on a shelf in an enclosed case?

The two figurines are lovely, and your photograph of them, with their reflection in the table's surface is just beautiful.

Dawn said...

Love the finds...even better that it brought back memories!
That song is one of my favorites:)

Anita said...

In a book about girls, I read that we "give life to everything." I believe it. We played with our dolls as little girls and still, as adults, we find beauty in them and see them as lifelike.

I have a few of my own. :)

Nice song.

Hilary said...

What a wonderful find. I think like Linda does.. what has her life been like all these years. Maybe they're now catching up with one another.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Linda, It would be great to know her story. It's fun to think about. :)

Dawn, Jack Johnson is great. Had that tune stuck in my head as I was writing this one. :)

Anita, I never thought about that before, but I think you're exactly right! I do that A LOT! Lol! Thanks for the comment.

Hilary, Wondering that myself. It might make a good story some day. :)