Old Salty Sam waits by the harbour, watching all the boats going to and fro’.
He always has an adventure story for the children about his days sailing the seven seas.
Old Salty Sam is a one-twelfth scale miniature porcelain doll standing approx. six inches tall. He was originally made for a pattern ‘How To’ feature in ‘Dolls House and Miniature Scene’ magazine.
Salty Sam was great fun to make and made a change from the pretty Late Victorian Summer Bride. Whilst my favourite dolls are always the fancy ladies, I really do enjoy male costume too.
Some people steer away from men’s fashions but they are not difficult to do at all….sometimes much easier than all the intricacies of women’s costume. After all, there are no bosoms or hips to fit around on a male doll! And men tend to wear less items too.
(If anyone would like helpful advice regarding making male doll clothing, do please contact me and I may be able to help).
This old sea captain wears a dark blue overcoat made of fine wool over a mock roll-neck sweater. His sturdy denim trousers are ‘tucked into’ stout painted black boots and on his head is a dark blue peaked cap with a golden anchor at the front. All the patterns for this miniature doll are available in issue 190 (April) of the above magazine but Salty Sam himself, is on the lookout for a new home.
Salty Sam is a wonderful character doll, ideal for any sea-faring scene or cottage. He is currently looking for a new place to tell his tall tales, so if you think you can offer him a new home, please contact me.
In the meantime, here is one of the mermaids he said he saw on his travels…….she would also like a new home too!