This is a Old C1911 Five Finger Ching Woman Chinese Cloth Benefit Mission Doll. She is one of the larger dolls measuring 19 inches tall and dates to the early part of the 20th century. This lovely lady is from the Gladyse Hilsdorf Collection. She has a painted papier mache head, sawdust stuffed cloth body and jointed painted cloth arms and legs. In her excellent article titled “Five Finger Ching” in Doll News Spring 2008, Jean Grout states that “because of their body construction some books have mistakenly referred to them as “Chinese Chase”. It is a logical conclusion given the construction does resemble Chase dolls. This doll is a lovely example. The woman’s facial features are hand painted (please note that the eyebrows have been overpainted with black and the eyes have been outlined in black with some lashes, while the lips have been overpainted). There is no repaint to the face. The mitt hands are stitched with an applied thumb, and the wrist has stitching around it. She is wearing her original cotton costuming trimmed with gilt lace. It was once a dark green color and now has faded to the olive green. The matching trousers have retained a good portion of the green color. She wears original black cloth shoes and socks on her feet. Her black human hair wig is pinned into a bun at the back of her neck. She is a very lovely example.
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