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?
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.