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American Heritage Dolls


A Southern Belle

Ante-bellum Louisiana, a time of majestic plantation homes, serene paddle wheelers floating down the Mississippi, and Mint-Julep on the verandah. A time when men were enchanted by fragile young ladies, known as "Southern Belles".  The Brianne Doll has brown hair and hazel eyes.  She is dressed in a cream satin and lace gown designed by Evelyn Gonzales. This doll stands 18 inches in height and is set on a hand-crafted wooden pedestal designed by Brian Bernard. JoAnn's unique doll body design allows Brianne to be positioned in various ways by bending her arms at the elbow joints. This feature adds to the lifelike quality of the piece. Accompanying the character doll is a booklet and display card designed by JoAnn to include; the number of the piece, the inspirational sketch, a short bio and a story about the character. All clay pieces are limited editions of 500 and are numbered and signed by JoAnn.  A numbered and signed Certificate of Authenticity is also provided with each character doll.

American Heritage Doll

 "Southern Belle"


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Sample Booklet

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ŠJo Ann Bernard

JoAnn's Comments: This Southern Belle is named for my second grandchild Brianne. She has Brown hair and the most beautiful brown eyes with eyelashes so long they can almost touch the sky. Brianne is another precious gift received from god, only this gift has a personality all of her own. Look out world here comes Brie!!!

Louisiana Heritage Doll Collection

by JoAnn Bernard

An original clay doll collection, for the doll collecting enthusiast

Original Dolls recreating Louisiana Life in the 1800's.  Learn about Louisiana Culture through this American Heritage Doll collection inspired by sketches, photographs and stories of the 1800's.  These lifelike handmade dolls have attached booklets and display cards with short historical essays about the character.  All dolls are reproduced in clay using JoAnn Bernard's plaster molds developed from her original doll designs. Doll wigs, clothing, dress designs, and props are all handmade by the artist.

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