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Nunnery's doll collection featured

July 26, 2013

During the school's open house, people can also browse and possibly purchase one of 28 dolls that Louis Nunnery owned and made himself. The funds from the dolls will go into the school's operations. Sandi Walker, owner of Dolls & Designs by Sandi in Valdese, will be on hand to appraise the dolls, as well as give the history of all of the handmade dolls. Walker said Nunnery came to her in 1990 to look at her work, and decided to take classes. Nunnery's spark for dollmaking came from a theft of original dolls from his antique shop. Walker said Nunnery couldn't afford to replace the expensive dolls so he instead decided to make replicas of the originals. Walker said Nunnery would come to her store on Wednesday each week and “make a day of it.”

Nunnery's dolls are Bru replicas, and Walker said the original design dates back from 1860 to 1899. Not only did Nunnery and Walker cast, clean, fire and paint the dolls in her shop, the two of them also made the costumes as well.  For the occasion Walker has completed and is selling two of Nunnery's antique dolls. Walker said one is a German doll that she completed and had dressed in lavender. The other is a French body and Bru head that she also completed. Walker is also bringing and displaying Nunnery's last doll he began making before he passed away in February. The doll is 26 inches tall. Walker said she and Nunnery were on a hunt for the doll’s clothing and never found the perfect outfit. The dolls for sale range from $100-$500 or best offer. Walker said the original dolls Nunnery modeled his after ranged in price from $30,000 to $40,000 and possibly more.

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