I've had this lovely and serene doll in my collection for several years now. I just love her overall look and size. She may be in her original clothing and the name Piety Parsons is written on the hem of her one her many undergarments. I searched Piety Parsons on ancestry and found there was such a girl. I have no way to prove this was her doll, but it is an interesting possibility. Her name was Piety Virginia "Netty" Parsons and she was born in Talladega, Alabama on Sept. 3rd, 1878. She died at age 10 on January 1, 1889 as is listed as having a non-cemetery burial. She had many siblings so since the doll is a bit older than 1878 if it was in the family it may have belonged to an older sister at one point. My mind goes all around with possibilities on what may have been the history. Anyway...the doll has a cloth body and lovely delicate cloth fingers. I have not been able to fully undress her since I don't want to tear the dress fabric. It is two pieces and is made from a light weight woven cotton that have faded to cream now, but on the back you can see it had a blue floral print. There is blue ribbon trim at the neck and cuffs. The top closes with hook and eye closures and there is a row of tiny decorative buttons down the front of her bodice. She has pantalettes, a long chemise (with the name printed on it), a quilted petticoat and a fancy eyelet petticoat. She has cotton stockings and two toned shoes of black leather with pale blue quilted satin fabric tops and ribbon ties. She does not have any repaint, but there is some cracking and wear on the head and shoulders and her hair. Nothing that I feel is terrible. It also appears that one lower leg is an early replacement. I have not removed the shoes for fear of damaging the ribbon ties. She has such a calm and kind look about her and I can't help but think that she certainly could have belonged to the little Piety Parsons who died so young. I can share the other information I found with her new owner. I also have some other pictures that wouldn't fit in the listing. Please note, that USPS shipping prices have gone up a good bit in the current year and this will be a large, heavy box. She could be sent regular parcel for a good deal less, but it takes longer to arrive and in that manner gets bounced around more. My shipping amounts are estimates until the doll is packaged and destination zip code is added. I promptly refund and shipping over charges. US shipping only. Buyer pays insurance with either option. US Shipping Only.
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