Friday, August 28, 2009

Show & Tell Friday

Kelli at There Is No Place Like Home hosts Show & Tell Friday most weeks and I thought I would join in today.

When my father-in-law joined our household 1 1/2 years ago he brought along MANY boxes of stuff and as I've had time to sort through it all I've found some lovely little treasures. This pretty little girl belonged to my husband's mother.

I did a little "googling" and I think this is a Dresden figurine. Dresden is not something I know anything about but it looks very similar to other pieces I found online. The markings on the bottom (which I forgot to take a photo of) say "made in Germany" and include a stamp of a diamond with a letter M inside, and another of a crown. The lacey skirt looks like it was damaged during the move from Florida to Maryland. You can see where a piece of it broke off just below the little purple flower. I'm going to make a tiny little clay flower to try and cover the damage with.

My mother-in-law didn't collect a lot a things and I'm not sure how this piece ended up in the family. But with her German heritage I wouldn't be surprised to discover that this belonged to her mother before her. If anyone is familiar with Dresden figurines maybe you can tell me something about this little girl. She has the sweetest face!

Make sure you stop by and visit Kelli and all the others joining in Show & Tell Friday.


Gee said...

A lovely dresden figurine. Thanks for sharing. Happy friday.

Hootin' Anni said...

....such wonderful intricacy!! Amazing. You just don't see things like this any more ---today's shops in the malls are full of junk if you ask have a treasure.

My show n tell is about the symbol of Native Americans today...the kokopelli.

Have a great weekend.

Jacqueline said...

Happy Day Ahead Marie!
I took time last night to look up your post on the Friendly Giant...I was so thrilled, I've been looking and asking many people if they knew of the Friendly Giant and it was always a NO. It's left me disappointed for years and then you come along, you friendly blogger girl so in tune to my world! Were going to have a blast together.
I appreicate the Dresden doll also, my mother had the ceramic shop and she made Dresden Dolls from the process of porcelain slip (clay) dipped in lace. They are harder to find in the Pacific Northwest. What a treasure you have. My mom also made tiny roses on the end of a pencil tip and added to the Dresden dolls gowns...lovely!

Love Bears All Things said...

This is beautiful. My Mother's aunt had some of these when I was a little girl. They were in her parlor and we were allowed to enter with an adult and look but not touch.
I am not an expert but the crown probably does mean they are Dresden. I believe the lace was real lace dipped in liquid porcelain then applied. I would think repairing this would lower its monetary value. I think I would take it to an antique appraiser and find out if it is the real thing and how valuable it is. Of course there is the sentimental value which doesn't have a price.
Mama Bear

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

She's lovely. How wonderful to have such a family treasure :0)

Carla said...

What a darling find!

Susan B said...

What a beautiful figurine, and lovely family keepsake. Thank you for sharing her.

Leann said...

She is darling. Unfortunately I don't know anything about Dresden figurines.

Please stop by The Old Parsonage anytime, I love Company!


Susan said...

She is precious. Thanks for sharing her with us.

Shelley said...

Hi Marie,what a beautiful little figurine and how special that it belong to your MIL. I have heard of Dresden figurines but,I don't have any information to share about them. It does look very much like the ones I have seen though.
If you come by my blog,I left a little something on my post for you. Have a blessed weekend...

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

I don't know anything about these figurines, but she certainly is precious. I hope you're able to find out more about her value and the repair of her lace skirt, but what a family treasure!

Mrs.T said...

Oh my, isn't she beautiful! That skirt is simply amazing. I was wondering if it could possibly be real lace. How fascinating to read what Mama Bear wrote about that!

Thanks so much for sharing and for stopping by my kitchen table too.

God bless,

Jean Stockdale said...

What a wonderful find. Thank you for stopping by my site and leaving a note. I love birdhouses and this one was a gift from a good friend. Blessings.

Lora said...

I really don't know anything about Dresden figurines, but you have a lovely family treasure.

Thank you for stopping by for my show & tell!