Early 1900s Home Made 17" Folk Art Cloth Soldier Doll

This is an interesting circa early 1900s home made 17" tall folk art cloth soldier doll. He is dressed in blue cotton trousers with a red silk strip up each side, a once navy blue but now faded jacket tunic with pockets and embroidered military insignias, and a white wool felt cap with leather brim. His shoes are black leather. His facial features and brown hair are also embroidered. His head is seamed in 4 parts to give the face shape. His nose is also stitched to give it shape. There is both machine and hand stitching.

Condition: The jacket is very faded. The original dark navy color can be seen from the inside. The face is also faded from original pinkish color. There are a few stains. His right leather shoe is coming apart. The embroidery stitching is a bit crude, as are some of the stitching details, such as pockets placed at different heights.

In my opinion the uniform may be meant to resemble a US Army uniform of World War 1 era, but if anyone has a better idea I am open to suggestion. I imagine he may have been made for a child whose dad was away during World War 1.

Item ID: M14cap314

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Kathy Turner, Arlington, VA   

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