24" Hand Made Antique Cloth Folk Art Doll w/ Drawn Face

This is an amusing 24" tall hand made antique cloth Folk Art doll with drawn face. She is a heavy doll, weighing about 3 1/2 pounds. When she came to me someone had stripped her of her original clothing, leaving only her original sewn on leather shoes and holey black stockings, so I dug deep into my stockpile of antique doll clothes and outfitted her with a suitable outfit of antique clothing. I estimate that the doll dates from the late 1800s based on style of construction, fabric type, and the style of the original leather shoes and stockings. She has hands with flat stitched fingers and a separate thumb. Her facial features are drawn on in a naive style that gives her great charm in my eyes. It looks like she once had a stitched on nose as there is a lighter area there and signs of old stitching.

Her antique clothing now consists of white cotton pantaloons, chemise, petticoat, brick colored linen dress tied with a scrap strip of red printed cotton, and an early indigo blue printed cotton cap with black and red trim.

Condition: She hasn't survived all these years with some loving wear and tear. She has a couple of old patches on her body and probably lost some stuffing before being patched as she is a little bit floppy. Most of the body appears to be stuffed with sawdust, but near the neck patch it feels like a rag stuffing has been inserted. Stitched on nose is missing. Her leather shoes have a couple of holes and her black stockings have many holes. The pantaloons I supplied are somewhat age darkened and the petticoat trim has some ragged edges.

Describing this old girl reminds me of descriptions for a blind date...she has lots of personality. She is unique. she is not the type of doll to appeal to everyone, but she always makes me smile. She is a fantastic example of a early American cloth Folk Art doll.

Item ID: Jly14fad714

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Kathy Turner, Arlington, VA   

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