Marge Crunkleton Mannequin Heads

I recently had the opportunity to visit the mannequin head workshop of Marge Crunkleton.  Many of you who are in the vintage business will recognize her name and her work.  Marge makes reproductions of vintage head mannequins, and is known as one of the best in the business.

The heads are specially molded from vintage mannequins, and then Marge paints each according to what is era appropriate.  It was fun seeing the unpainted heads along side the finished ones.  And Marge is happy to work with customers on specific colors for hair, eyes and lips.

Marge herself is a hat collector, which she has displayed throughout her workshop.  And the little people are her creations as well, and she also molds and creates dolls.

You can see the full line of Crunkleton Heads on her website, Crunkleton.com.  If you are interested in ordering a head, don’t hesitate to call Marge, and she can work with you on your order.  She normally sells her heads for $175, but will sell you one for $160 if you tell her Lizzie sent you!

And now, a bit of a question from Marge.  She has the hat above, with the blue crown and a very pale blue horsehair veil.  Do you suppose this was for a bride?

UPDATE:

Here is the hat after Marge has spent some time working with the floppy brim.  She says that she could have raised the brim even higher, but that she can tell that it is going to sag again in time.  Still, one can better tell how the hat must have been worn originally.

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15 responses to “Marge Crunkleton Mannequin Heads

  1. Oh, I have been craving one of these for AGES! Most I come across at shops and sales are in the $300 range. It is so marvelous that she is remaking these! So many vintage shop owners, both on-line and brick-and-mortar would love to have them, as would the mega hat collector! And it looks like she does wonderful work!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  2. Or a widow with style! Love this post.

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  3. Lizzie…thanks for the write up…they all look soooo pretty…great photographer you are. I just accidentally cracked #2 Rosa (ouch) Head and I super glued her together … she looks fine. I drilled 11 one inch diameter holes around her head…am going to fill her with soil and plant succulents. Anyone with a green thumb have suggestions as to what kind of plants??? Preferably a kind that will hang down like green hair. Regret my thumb is NOT green…

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  4. I’m wondering if the hat was for a funeral – to shield the tears?

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  5. These are so gorgeous! What beautiful work Marge does.

    I don’t have a green thumb, either, Marge, but I wonder if some kind of air plant (the kind that don’t require soil) might work? Whatever you go with, I’d love to see a photo of the final result!

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  6. The hat in question: could this be a wide brimmed hat of nylon webbing, but now the original wiring around the brim edge is missing, so the brim falls down?

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  7. Maybe a very homely one – bride, that is!! I think Jennifer’s comment may be getting closer to the truth. Millinery heads have always fascinated me – and I loved this post!

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  8. A great post and such a fascinating subject! I just love seeing others who value beauty of vintage items!

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  9. Susan

    Beautiful work. About the head wearing the orange feathered hat: I just attended a noir film festival. That mannequin bears a very strong resemblance to the actress Audrey Totter, especially around the eyes. I f you do a search for images of Audrey Totter you’ll see what I mean. Do you suppose she modelled for it?

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  10. Whalla ! I wish I had a drum roll !
    I think we figured it out. I bought this hat a couple years ago and I have wondered since then, because it was not sheer enough for the wearer to see through.
    Well, I just went downstairs to see if there was formerly a wire of some sort around the bottom edge. No there was not.
    BUT I put the hat upside down on its crown and as I was checking for some sort of wire…I noticed there were TWO layers of the horsehair circle. I gently pulled the two layers apart and it turned into a fluffy wide brimmed hat…just lovely and very feminnine. The double layers of waves of the circle came in different spots.
    The darn hat was very old and setting wrong and just was seriously drooping. (it WAS a wide brim hat that had fallen down.
    I will stuff the crown with tissue to hold it roundish…spray the hat with hair spray.. gently pull the wide brim apart …and let it sit up side down for a day or two.
    The moral of this story is that eleven heads are better than one. Thanks much for your joint effort in solving this mystery.
    Karen, the hat was not for a homely bride …Kate, nor was it for a funeral to hide tears…both good guesses…but Jennifer gets the pat on the back for what I am sure was the best guess. Thank you ladies…I will try to send a picture through Lizzie when the hat is restored.

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  11. Beautiful mannequin heads! I’ve always loved the vintage styled heads like these! Maybe when I have some extra money, I will have to make a purchase from Marge. Definitely saving the link! =)

    And I can’t wait to see the restored ruffled brim hat!

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  12. Aren’t they the most beautiful things. What a lovely job she has.

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