Early Babyland rag doll pair with life-like printed faces from approximately 1893.
This is a pair of early Babyland rag dolls with life-like printed faces from approximately 1893. They were manufactured by E. I. Horsman, New York, NY; the manufacturer did not mark the doll bodies with name or identification. They are all cloth and represent a boy and girl.
The girl has an antique red shirt with lace at collar and cuffs and a red bonnet. The red vintage skirt has straps and sewed in slip and the organdy and lace apron have been added. She has very old wooden shoes. Her face and body have darkened over the years but you can still see her blue eyes and rosy lips and wavy hair. On her chest the overlay of the face material is cut in 2 places to allow the widening of the body at the chest. Her bonnet, lace on shirt and pantaloons have also darkened. She has an old stripped red patch behind her right knee on her pantaloons and some small staining on them also.
The boy is wearing an antique outfit similar to a sailor with his hat matching his pink stripped pants. His long sleeve shirt is solid pink and matches the color in his pants. Underneath his clothes he has long underpants that is muslin for background with printed pink flowers and gray/green stems, leaves and small circles. There is a cute 1" square pink patch on his left front hip on this underwear. The pink color of his outfit is a little faded. He has no shoes. There is very slight wear to his face by upper nose; it is not worn through. The ends of his hands and thumbs are worn and the left one has been re-stitched at the end. His toes and heels also show wear.
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