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She tipped her head back to the morning sun, the feeling of dappled light on her skin and the sound of the trickling water beneath her feet soothing her. Occasionally the water jumped up to taste her bare toes, licking away the salt and sweat and dirt that accumulated in the creases and cracks of her skin while she was away from it. Then the water whisked everything that was ugly downstream, leaving only crystalline beauty behind it. Its peace was pervasive, the quiet burble of splashing water blending into the murmur of life all around it; the whirr of cicadas in the trees and grasshoppers in the ferns, the buzzing wings of a dragonfly come to dance over the surface and the soft chirping arguments of birds resting high in the treetops.

Perhaps she was a little too happy here surrounded by nature as she was. She had sought her river for solace, a private cocoon where she could rest alone and do what she did best. Instead of being filled with the lust for prose, she found herself complacent simply listening to the heartbeat of the forest. For once she felt connected to the rest of the world.

A pang of longing struck through her chest—this was how life used to be before humans had decided to rear their dominant presence. Unified with nature, man had worked with and against the world to carve out his living from only the bounty the world would give him. He worshipped the land instead of himself, well aware that he was not independent from everything else. All of humanity had once been aware of their connection to the natural world, and that awareness had waned throughout the generations until it reached her completely nonexistent. However much she might fight for her place among the creatures and the plants, she no longer belonged there. No human being did. If she wished to go barefoot and take off her clothes, she could. If she decided that she would feel closer to the world lying down on the grass and letting the small creatures and plants run all over her, no one would stop her. No matter what she did, however, she could never regain the niche in the world that she desired so deeply.

The grass wove itself between her fingers when she set her hand down on the riverbank, caressing her skin and wrapping its strands around her as if in an embrace. She smiled at its actions, small though they were. Perhaps nature did want her to stay. Perhaps there was some place for her to exist after all. Her other hand went down, this time further toward the edge. She dug her fingers into the damp earth at her side. It, too, welcomed her, opening up and shifting itself over to make way for her fingertips. The soil and small pebbles worked their way into the tiniest creases of her hand, covering her in a fine layer of flimsy insulation. Dirt wanted to stay with her for a long time. A centipede clambered its way into her lap. It paused halfway across, straddling the dip between her thighs to turn its upper half around to face her. The antennae lifted up to reveal a miniscule mouth that moved open and shut aimlessly, groping through thin air for the tiniest morsel of something to sustain it. She took her fingers from the grass and slipped one underneath the creature’s body, gently lifting her kindred soul into the grass an arm’s length away. She had found what she was looking for in the riverbank.

With a single tug of her hand, she pulled the large rock from the loose soil. Everything beneath her collapsed. She plunged into the crystal-pure water holding the weight that would relieve her of her burden. And the river swept away all that had made her impure.
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[TRIGGER WARNING: SUICIDE]

I was in a funky mood when I wrote this 650 word drabble. I don't know if I was in pain or what was going on, but I guess my muse must have decided this needed to exist. 

Anyway, here you go! I'm quite proud of it.

© falconstreaker 2014
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  • Mood: Eager
  • Watching: Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Playing: Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Does anyone know anything about collecting/appraising antique dolls? I have four that I dug up in my basement a little while ago, and while I know what they look like and their creators, I have no idea whether they are valuable or not. I have done a little research so that I can accurately describe them, so if you know anything about dolls I would appreciate an assist!

I have looked on Amazon, Ebay, and Google Shopping for the specific dolls and haven't come up with anything even similar to them. When I look at their brands and collections I get an idea of what they should be priced at ($15-$40 depending on the dolls), but if they are particularly rare or valuable I would appreciate getting my money's worth.

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Doll #1
This doll is a Seymour Mann Connoisseur collection Limited Edition of 2,500 pieces with a "Certificate of Authenticity" signed by Seymour Mann. The back of the neck has a trademark for Seymour Mann and the Connoisseur collection on it as well as the doll's number, MCMXCI. She appears to have a head and all 4 limbs made of celluloid with a cloth body. Blonde with straight forehead bangs and blue eyes with eyelashes, wearing a blue flower-print dress with a bib, basket of flowers, and straw hat with a matching ribbon. She is fully clothed with all her original pieces, but her hair has been unbraided. No box.

Doll #2
Unmarked on the back of neck and otherwise unbranded. Tag on her body says she was made in China. This doll also appears to be made of celluloid, again with a cloth body and hard head and limbs. She has greyish-blue glass eyes with eyelashes, blonde hair elaborately styled with many curls and a scarlet bow, and an ankle-length dress with a maroon velvet bodice, beaded white lace bib, and satin/chiffon skirt with beaded bows. She comes with a small hand purse, also made of satin/silk and attached to the skirt of the dress. Her left arm is shattered, but still attached to her body.

Doll #3
Also a Seymour Mann Connoisseur collection doll (this one may be the part of the Limited Edition series with the "Certificate of Authenticity"). The back of the neck is marked as Seymour Mann and part of the Connoisseur collection. There is no number for this doll. She has a cloth torso, but celluloid arms, legs, and head. Her dress is mid-calf, made of black velvet with a black satin lining and white lace neckline and sleeve ends. The bodice was once beaded with four strands of pearl-like beads; only two columns of beads are left. Bright blue eyes with eyelashes and blonde hair styled elaborately with many curls and a faux-flower decoration. Victorian(?) style. The crown of her head has been smashed and she rattles when shaken, but no pieces have fallen out.

Doll #4
A Heritage Mint Ltd. doll (1988-1989). Brand name and dates marked on the back of the neck. No number for the doll. Cloth torso, but head, arms, and legs may be bisque. Carrot-red hair with straight forehead bangs, styled into a curly ponytail. This doll was purchased from someone else, so this may not be her original hair style. Brown eyes and painted-on lashes. More petite than the other three dolls. Her outfit consists of a white bell-sleeve, turtleneck under dress; a red bodice laced with thick gold thread and pearl-like beads; a red, white-lace-hemmed overskirt made of the same material as the bodice; a white apron lined with the same lace as the red overskirt; a pair of white stockings; and detailed white lace socks. She also has a detachable straw hat with the white lace from the rest of the doll and a thin pink ribbon. No damage, but the left shoe is missing.


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So, if you could help me, that would be wonderful! I'm looking to get these sold as soon as possible, as I'm leaving for school and need the money and space. Feel free to leave a comment or note me privately if you are interested in purchasing them yourself or need more details on a particular doll!

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Does anyone know anything about collecting/appraising antique dolls? I have four that I dug up in my basement a little while ago, and while I know what they look like and their creators, I have no idea whether they are valuable or not. I have done a little research so that I can accurately describe them, so if you know anything about dolls I would appreciate an assist!

I have looked on Amazon, Ebay, and Google Shopping for the specific dolls and haven't come up with anything even similar to them. When I look at their brands and collections I get an idea of what they should be priced at ($15-$40 depending on the dolls), but if they are particularly rare or valuable I would appreciate getting my money's worth.

__________________________________________________


Doll #1
This doll is a Seymour Mann Connoisseur collection Limited Edition of 2,500 pieces with a "Certificate of Authenticity" signed by Seymour Mann. The back of the neck has a trademark for Seymour Mann and the Connoisseur collection on it as well as the doll's number, MCMXCI. She appears to have a head and all 4 limbs made of celluloid with a cloth body. Blonde with straight forehead bangs and blue eyes with eyelashes, wearing a blue flower-print dress with a bib, basket of flowers, and straw hat with a matching ribbon. She is fully clothed with all her original pieces, but her hair has been unbraided. No box.

Doll #2
Unmarked on the back of neck and otherwise unbranded. Tag on her body says she was made in China. This doll also appears to be made of celluloid, again with a cloth body and hard head and limbs. She has greyish-blue glass eyes with eyelashes, blonde hair elaborately styled with many curls and a scarlet bow, and an ankle-length dress with a maroon velvet bodice, beaded white lace bib, and satin/chiffon skirt with beaded bows. She comes with a small hand purse, also made of satin/silk and attached to the skirt of the dress. Her left arm is shattered, but still attached to her body.

Doll #3
Also a Seymour Mann Connoisseur collection doll (this one may be the part of the Limited Edition series with the "Certificate of Authenticity"). The back of the neck is marked as Seymour Mann and part of the Connoisseur collection. There is no number for this doll. She has a cloth torso, but celluloid arms, legs, and head. Her dress is mid-calf, made of black velvet with a black satin lining and white lace neckline and sleeve ends. The bodice was once beaded with four strands of pearl-like beads; only two columns of beads are left. Bright blue eyes with eyelashes and blonde hair styled elaborately with many curls and a faux-flower decoration. Victorian(?) style. The crown of her head has been smashed and she rattles when shaken, but no pieces have fallen out.

Doll #4
A Heritage Mint Ltd. doll (1988-1989). Brand name and dates marked on the back of the neck. No number for the doll. Cloth torso, but head, arms, and legs may be bisque. Carrot-red hair with straight forehead bangs, styled into a curly ponytail. This doll was purchased from someone else, so this may not be her original hair style. Brown eyes and painted-on lashes. More petite than the other three dolls. Her outfit consists of a white bell-sleeve, turtleneck under dress; a red bodice laced with thick gold thread and pearl-like beads; a red, white-lace-hemmed overskirt made of the same material as the bodice; a white apron lined with the same lace as the red overskirt; a pair of white stockings; and detailed white lace socks. She also has a detachable straw hat with the white lace from the rest of the doll and a thin pink ribbon. No damage, but the left shoe is missing.


____________________________________

So, if you could help me, that would be wonderful! I'm looking to get these sold as soon as possible, as I'm leaving for school and need the money and space. Feel free to leave a comment or note me privately if you are interested in purchasing them yourself or need more details on a particular doll!

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