For your consideration, I offer this rare set of 4 handmade Moravian Benigna dolls from the 1930s representing the four choirs of the church. The doll is named after Countess Henrietta Benigna Justina, the daughter of Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf. Benigna founded the first Moravian School for Girls in 1742 which was the first Protestant boarding school for girls in America. The four dolls in this set are The Widow who wears white accents, The Married Sister wears blue accents, The Single Sister has pink and the Little Girl has cherry. The 3 larger dolls are about 5 1/2" tall and the little girl is 4 1/2" tall. Each is similarly dressed but with different colored accents. Her gray cotton dress has stitched edging around the sleeve cuffs, an organdy apron, a white cotton collar with colored knots atop a colored trimmed bodice, lace trimmed petticoat and pantaloons, crocheted hat with colored ribbon and a cotton bag that contains a card with her story written in tiny script. Each doll has a cloth covered wired body and limbs. The cloth head is hand painted and the hair styles are each different... buns for the older ladies and pigtails for the little girl. You can read all the fine print on the little cards that are inside the purses. Coveted by Moravians down through the years and passed from family member to family member, it is rare to find even one of these offered for sale and extremely rare to find one of each choir which have been together since originally made. Do not pass up this opportunity to add to your collection! Overall condition is very good but there is some age tanning to the clothing especially on the Widow. I have not tried to clean in any way as I prefer to keep "as is and as found". I will include the metal stands that keep the dolls upright. Please email me any questions.
Rare Set of Four Moravian Benigna Dolls 1930s