Anonymous on Jun 15, 2011
It looks AWESOME on my station at work :-) thanks!!!
The Idea Behind the Dolls...
The idea for Headless Historicals dolls started on a day in 1998 when Shiva had entirely too much free time on her hands. As a costume designer at the time, she had heard many others in her field talk about getting their start by dressing up dolls in home-made outfits. Having missed this childhood pastime as a kid, she decided to give it a try by doing a doll of the historical queen of fashion, Marie Antoinette.
Shiva also did a lot of work in horror art and F/X makeup, so when the doll was dressed she added a little extra touch by popping its head off and adding a little blood on the stump. After all, Marie Antoinette had been guillotined during the French Revolution.
The doll became quite a conversation piece in her home and visitors seemed to enjoy the macabre humor. Shiva also made a doll of Queen Katherine Howard (Henry VIII's fifth wife) which was soon sold on auction.
A few years later, Shiva was sitting around with Garith, trying to brainstorm some ideas for raising money to finance some film projects. Their eyes kept wandering over to the Marie Antoinette doll, and then came the "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" moment that launched the idea.
Combining their experience in fashion and F/X makeup with their love for history, they set about working on the first thirteen dolls to debut on the website. After much pondering as what in the world to call a site that featured such macabre dolls, Garith came up with the name "Headless Historicals".
The dolls have since shown up in some rather unexpected places. After the initial launch of the website in 2006, Headless Historicals dolls have been seen in magazines, talked about on radio shows, and featured on many websites for fans of horror and history alike.
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Owner, Maker, Designer, F/X Artist & Execution Historian
Shiva has a lot of experience in costume and prop-making, as well as gory special effects. She's also a writer, and her first screenplay was about a French executioner. In 2009 she penned the novel "the Gallows Flower".
Owner, Maker, Designer, Artist, Photographer, & Military History Fan
Garith has experience in both wardrobe and fantasy makeup. He also has a flair for remembering kinky little details and a love for history. Recently he's been working as a cinematographer in film.
Along with my partner, fellow artist Garith Pettibone, we've created over fifty Headless Historicals dolls since 2006. Each doll is one-of-a-kind.
These dolls are "recycled" from finds in thrift stores and estate sales and special attention is given to the types of wounds suffered by the historical subject. The dolls are then dressed to reflect upon the what subject's social class and station was in his/her life.
Each doll comes with a signed certificate that gives a little bit of the history behind the subject.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I generally ship using USPS services except in the cases of full-size replicas that require special packing and shipping methods.
I ship packages once a week, usually on Wednesdays. Shipping confirmation is included in price. Insurance is optional at an additional charge.
Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final.
Additional policies and FAQs
For custom orders, patience is mandatory! I generally know a few weeks in advance when I'm going to be out of town for a film production, but not always. It's pretty safe to count on between 4-6 weeks for a custom piece to be made and shipped.