This interesting old & worn black Amish doll was de accessioned from a museum several yeas ago. It was found and documented by Jacob Miller as being from Clark Missouri. The current Amish settlement in Clark was established in 1958. A half century before the present-day Clark-Madison settlement came about in Audrain and Randolph Counties, another Amish community existed near the town of Centralia in Audrain County. This community was started in 1898 by Amish from Iowa in search of cheaper land. This is an older doll and is constructed from a combination of fabrics including homespun linen and black stocking material. The head has patches and layer of black stocking material over linen. The worn arms are linen with cotton batting stuffing. The body and legs are rag stuffed black stocking material. Several weaves of black are used to fashion the body. The doll has a removable sheer black linen cap with ties, a turquoise linen dress with treadle stitching and hand bound button holes in the back. It is covered with a faded grape colored linen full apron that buttons in back and is topped with a purple wool cape that has worn very thin and is almost transparent in places.. It still has a little museum ID sticker which is printed in ink and reads "Clark Missouri // Jacob Miller // No.1". It is hard to decide which side goes in front. This is the only black Amish doll that I have seen. The pictures will tell the story better than I can.. This item is on display at the Yellow Garage Antique Center.
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