It was an excellent fair at Pudsey in Leeds - there was a good buzz around the hall and a feeling of excitement - something harder to find these days at doll and teddy fairs. I think the new organisor had worked really hard to inject new enthusiasm into it and it worked. I was surrounded by antique dolls - not good for me as my eyes kept wandering over to them while I was supposed to be handing hedgehogs to new owners!
I fell in love with this girl - made by William Goebel around 1910. Apparently she was dressed by the company as 'Becassine', a popular character from a French storybook at that time. After doing some research I found a lot of images of the little Becassine character and I must admit that the doll has the same sort of look in the face!