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amidst the jostle of the pleasure-seeking crowds, and the
aroma of fried delights, at the festival. But here is the coup
de fourde (or the sudden unforeseen event). One of the
curators mentioned something about a brown-eyed china
in the museum. Most china dolls have blue eyes, but a
few of the older dolls were painted with brown eyes. This
feature is quite desirable for doll collectors. I told her that
I had purchased, about a year ago, a lovely old browneyed china at the Crossroads Doll Show in Portland. Her
eyes became wide, and she said, "You bought that doll! I
was coming back to buy her, and she was already sold!"
Being rather alone in my little world of dolls at that
time, I was first astounded that I had met someone who
knew one of my dolls, and then mortified that I had
beat her to a doll she had intended to buy! The doll in
question, of course, is none other than Abigail Brownell.
All turned out well, though, the curator said, because

Abigail models
her new chemise
and her original
petticoat.

after she didn't get this doll, she found another doll she
knew who had belonged to a friend. If she had bought
Abigail, she could not have bought her friend's doll, who
she decided was meant to come to her.
I told her about finding Abigail's provenance card in
her neck. Now she was astounded! She confirmed that
Abigail was meant to come to me, because she would not
have thought to unfasten her sew-hole tabs as I did. And
so, Abigail's provenance grows.
I work in a bookstore, so I notice when books about
dolls show up in the "Collectibles" section. Around
five years ago, I found Doll Values 12th Edition by Linda
Edward. On the bottom of the cover was a photo of a
china doll like Abigail Brownell. Always eager for more
information about china dolls, I searched the section for
this type of doll. And there, at the bottom of page 93, is
a photo of Abigail Brownell! This is not a doll like her,
The original drawers
top the grey stockings
and the brown leather
boots that fit Abigail's
feet perfectly.

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