Here is a real honey of an antique folk art oil painted face cloth girl doll, in as found original condition, an excellent doll to add to your Americana Folk Art collection, or to your antique cloth doll collection- or as the perfect touch to your antique folk art collection or country decor. Very versatile! I collect antique cloth dolls and am careful to note any "tarting up" that I think may be done to them and this doll is all original with no additions, and there has been no in-painting or over painting. The doll hails from the mountains of Upstate New York, well over 100 years ago. Coming from there myself, she holds a place in my heart and I hope for a good home for her! Of course, the offering is for the antique girl rag doll only, all other items being for display or to be found for sale in other offerings. The boy rag cloth doll with a leather face is also in another offering.
The sweetly smiling face doll is a substantial size, at approximately twenty two inches (22") tall and a substantial weight, being in sturdy condition, not floppy. She has no joints so must either stand, lean or lay down; she cannot kneel or sit. She has a charming naive Folk Art face with both penciled and oil painted features, and oil painted hair. Her "lobster claw" hands are also oil painted. She has original velvet boots with heels on her feet which we have never removed, they are sewn over the feet. In fact, although she has long been a part of the cloth doll collection, we have not removed her clothing, at all. She has a charming blue and white print flowered calico cotton apron pinafore that buttons in the back, and a high necked red print flowered calico dress with detail in the front and back of the dress, that is sewn on, but I can feel that the sleeves and the bodice of the dress are lined, probably with a cotton lining layer. She also has a blue cotton flannel petticoat also sewn on and a pair of rust brown plaid cotton bloomers that are sewn on. Her torso looks like it is made of or covered in blue and white ticking. Her legs are covered in what feels like fine black woolen knit, although it could be cotton. She is not leaking stuffing, no saw dust leaking. She feels like she is very firmly stuffed with either cotton or woolen batting. Her head is not floppy, her waist is straight and strong. Her ankles seem a tad weak, but are not hanging off, at all. Her arms are firmly attached, as are her legs. She has suffered a separation across the top of her head, next to but not on the seam line, on the back of her head in the hair. It looks like there was old masking tape covering this that was removed, leaving a light grey demarcation. There is no leakage of stuffing. Her overall condition is excellent, for her great age. She has no odors. She is eminently displayable and would be a proud addition to your collection.
Any other doll or accessory items used for display are not included in this offering, unless otherwise specified.
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