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Children's Hospital Receives Gift of Collectible Dolls from Employee

April 07, 2003

Seattle, Wash.: A Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center employee has donated a collection of more than 40 vintage and collectible dolls, trunks and accessories from around the world, dating back to World War I.

Seattle, Wash.: A Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center employee has donated a collection of more than 40 vintage and collectible dolls, trunks and accessories from around the world, dating back to World War I.

To raise money for Children's financial assistance programs, a special "Collectible Doll Sale" will be held:

WHERE: Children's Eastside Thrift Store
15137 NE 24th, Redmond
WHEN: Sunday, April 27th, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

All proceeds from the sale will support Children's Hospital in its mission to provide care to all children of the Northwest, regardless of their families' ability to pay.

The collection originally belonged to the late Georgia Clefton, an avid doll collector. She would find old fabrics and laces to make additional costumes and buy other dolls, which she dressed as additional friends and playmates for some of the dolls. When Mrs. Clefton passed away in 2001, she left the collection to her daughter, Catherine Sisk, a 24-year employee at Children's in the department of materials management, who donated the collection to ensure her mother's legacy would go to a worthy cause.

"My mother loved to discover and work with doll costumes, especially ones from different eras and other cultures," said Catherine Sisk. "She had a remarkable sense of color, style and display and was very proud of my long association with Children's. Because three of my four siblings were born with a neuromuscular disease, she knew first-hand the importance of Children's mission. I'm so pleased her legacy will benefit this wonderful place."

Highlights of doll collection

The highlights of the collection are two American Girl dolls, "Molly" and "Samantha," from the 1980's. These dolls are in excellent condition, are signed and feature all the accessories in the 1988-1990 catalogs. Accessories include a Portfolio of Pastimes, a lovely set including a cookbook and paper dolls and play reading.

Molly has an array of clothes, plus special accessories such as the shoulder bag, lunch bags, suitcases and a trunk. She has a bed with pillows, spread and mattress, a school desk, a birthday party set, a Halloween costume and a Christmas story set.

Samantha has a Victorian steamer trunk and accessories, a birthday party set with wicker furniture, a pram, a lemonade set and school desk. She also has a Christmas doll and music box and a brass bed.

The collection also includes an antique, c. 1890's Kestner French doll that appraises for more than $1000, and a Bru reproduction doll valued at upwards of $400. Other collection highlights include a 1920's Armand Marseille Bisque doll; a large doll dressed in a wedding dress and veil; several mechanical dolls (one with 14 political buttons); two Chinese dolls with porcelain faces; a "doughboy" dressed in a World War I uniform with puttees and a medal; and numerous Mattel "Hot Looks" dolls.

"Imagine our delight when we opened the boxes containing these wonderful dolls!" said Kyla DeRemer, Children's retail general manager. "Doll collectors will be excited to see the wide variety of dolls and accessories at our ‘Collectible Doll Sale.' We hope the dolls' new owners will love them as much as Mrs. Clefton and that the sale will be a big success for Children's Hospital, which was Mrs. Sisk's goal."

For more information about the "Collectible Doll Sale," please call Kyla DeRemer at 206-448-1507.

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