This is a Fabulous Pair Black Stockinette Cloth Rag Dolls American Folk Art Possibly Man Woman Slaves. Both of these black stockinette cloth rag dolls were made by the same person, and date to the C1930s or earlier I believe. I was intrigued by the chains around their necks, and came to the conclusion that the chains were not supposed to be necklaces. Instead, they may perhaps represent slavery or slaves. The woman also has a metal “bracelet” of sorts around her right wrist. Perhaps another symbol of slavery. You may have another different interpretation. The cotton clothing is original with the man wearing “farm” denim overalls, and the woman wearing a loose cotton plaid dress. The bodies are cotton stuffed and the facial features embroidered. The full lips were needle-sculpted and then overstitched with red wool yarn, and the noses were needle-sculpted as well. The eyes were embroidered with cotton thread. The black stockinette used for the bodies seems to have two layers. There are some holes here and there to the top layer, so the holes to the woman’s arms do not show as there is another layer of black fabric underneath. Perhaps the dolls have been recovered from an earlier example??? There is some minor spotting and staining to the clothing as you would expect. The arms are attached to the body, but the head, torso and legs are one piece. The dolls do not really sit and have to stand. The man measures 19 inches tall and the woman measures 17 inches tall. The dolls are really wonderful.
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