Headless Historicals Doll Shop

Ormond Beach, Florida · 15 Sales


Headless Historicals Doll Shop

Ormond Beach, Florida 15 Sales On Etsy since 2010

0 out of 5 stars

HeadlessHistoricals is taking a short break


Note from shop owner We're relocating our workshop and will be closed until Spring 2017.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 3, 2017

We're relocating our workshop and will be closed until Spring 2017.

Shiva Rodriguez

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Shiva Rodriguez


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Anonymous on Jun 15, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

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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Shop members

  • Shiva

    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".

  • Garith

    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.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 17, 2012
I'm a professional FX artist and I love history. The combination of those two aspects of my life gave birth to to the idea of commemorating famous executions in dolls.

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

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I accept Paypal only. Florida residents pay sales tax. Orders may only be canceled within 24 hours of being placed.
Many listed shipping prices are for USA delivery only. For those listings, buyers outside the USA will need to contact me for additional information, shipping options, and charges. (Some of the heavier pieces may not be able to be shipped overseas without a considerable charge.)

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
Each doll is carefully packed to avoid any damage, but I cannot be held responsible for packages once they have left my hands.. If this is a concern, shipping insurance is available for an additional charge but it will be up to the buyer to process any claims with the mailing company.

All sales are final.
Additional policies and FAQs
Because of my profession, it's not uncommon for me to be away from home for weeks at a time. I forward any orders to my mother to handle shipping whenever I'm away from home. For this reason, orders cannot be canceled after 24 hours of being placed.

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.