Sometime during lockdown, I stumbled upon a reproduction maker on Ebay. I sampled a few pieces in support and found I liked nearly all of them. Those I didn’t like were due to personal preferences: I don’t like very large broaches, though that is a very Victorian thing, and I don’t like shiney, preferring matte finishes. Since then, they have moved to Etsy and added more styles.
Among those styles are pieces the right size for dolls.
Here, Violet wears a pin from an earlier purchase. This style combines an anchor, heart, and cross entwined. On the right, Theo wears one of the newest arrivals, a sheath of wheat. (Violet is about 21″. Theo is about 19″)
Here is a side-by-side of the wheat broach for me and the wheat broach for the dolls. (I have decide to treat myself to the wheat themed pieces from different reproduction artists.)
I happen to like the bog oak, gutta percha, and bone finishes best. I prefer the matte finish. I find the Whitby jet to be shiney. I also think matte finishes show the detail best.
There are styles in a petite size suitable for larger dolls. Here is a list of styles available at the time of writing. There have been others and may still be more. I have those in italics.
Style A – Anchor/heart https://www.etsy.com/listing/700991921/set-of-2-brooches-anchorheartcross-large
Style A & B – Doves and forget-me-nots, doves and wheat sheath – https://www.etsy.com/listing/694461675/reproduction-victorian-mourning
Style C – Wheat – https://www.etsy.com/listing/700935523/reproduction-victorian-mourning
Style C – Wheat – https://www.etsy.com/listing/680588896/reproduction-victorian-mourning
These crosses may be small enough – https://www.etsy.com/listing/687127896/set-of-2-cross-bois-durci-reproduction
I’ve ordered several pieces from The Museum of the Very Strange on Etsy, & I Love her pieces!!! I have gutta percha, bog oak & bone, too. Love them! 🙂