This is a Wonderful late 19thC to early 20thC Antique Miniature Child Church Rag Cloth Doll with a Watercolor Face measuring 9" tall. Miniature cloth dolls are more like folk art and tell a story of loving hands carefully holding and playing with the doll. Always far from perfect, the early cloth dolls, and miniature ones, are for the collector who fully appreciates the less than perfect nature of the dolls. And the story they are want to tell. Some were made by the child herself. Small miniature size cloth dolls like this one were made by mother or child so that the little girl (or boy) could have something in his or her hands to help pass the time during long church services. This little cutie is only 9" INCHES tall and is in miniature. This is a wonderful piece of children's folk art where the shape of the doll was drawn on the fabric then cut out and stitched. The machine stitched one piece body is not jointed, and she has outwardly pointing feet. What I love is the wide ample waist and lobster claw hands! Her neck flops a little and there is a seam hole to the side of the neck. The face is great with watercolor black hair, brown eyes, upper and lower eyelashes, brown nose outline, pink cheeks and large red lips. The print dress is also child made and stitched to her so it is the original dress. There are some stains and soiling appropriate for the age of the doll. Wonderful great doll! As a reminder, this doll is 9" tall only and fits in the palm of your hand as it would have for a child. I love miniature cloth church dolls and this one is from my collection.
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