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Vintage 1930s Mama Doll + 17 Pcs HAND MADE Clothing Wardrobe Trousseau Cloth Body Composition
This mid-1930s era doll was a gift to me about 1949-1950, when I was about 4 years old. She is shown with a 17-piece wardrobe that was HAND MADE for her by my Great Aunt, Katharine Silvernail Hoffman. I did play with her some, but after a few years became almost exclusively horse crazy. She's been packed away ever since.
This is a "Mama" doll, which dates new to the mid-1930s. She would have been purchased for one of my Great Aunt's nieces, and I "inherited" her as they grew older. I am gratefully indebted to a Ruby Lane shop owner for a professional evaluation.
SIZE: This doll is approximately 16 inches tall. Her clothing is approximately the size of a THREE MONTH INFANT. From the base of her neck her torso is approximately 6 inches long. From armpit to armpit over her chest, approximately 5 inches.
HER WARDROBE INCLUDES:
* THREE dress and bonnet sets (Pictures 2 and 3);
* ONE Fancy Lace trimmed satiny dress (Pictures 4 and 6);
* TWO less fancy but trimmed dresses (One, Picture 4, White sundress Picture 5);
* ONE separate bonnet (no matching dress)(Picture 4);
* TWO slips or chemises (Picture 5);
* ONE nylon net long veil with a lace top (Picture 5);
* TWO bloomers - underpants (Picture 3);
* ONE nightgown (Picture 5);
* ONE long gown (Picture 5).
The fabrics are all vintage, including some dotted swiss, satin, everyday cotton and likely pieces of "recycled" blouses.
CLOTHING CONDITION: Everything has been played with (but gently). The clothing is carefully hand laundered / pressed / freshened. All the buttons are present. There are NO major rips or tears, only a small issue here and there - worst is one hole and a light stain in the nightgown. There are some loose stitches here and there in several places, but nothing that needs more than a few minutes and needle and thread to fix it.
DOLL CONDITION: She has a cloth body and composition head, arms and legs. There is damage from aging and storage conditions (she spent many years in an unheated attic) especially on her head, as you can see in our photos. A bonnet hides it very well! but there are cracks on her face. Her blue sleepy eyes work fine, open when she's upright and closing when she lies down. Her pouty lips are still red. Most of the lashes are gone from her right eye. There is no maker mark. I think she must have had a voice (there is a "box" on her tummy) but I do not recall her making any sound (but that would have been about 60 years ago).
IMPORTANT: THE POSTAGE CHARGE IS FOR THE CLOTHING ONLY - not the doll. I WILL PAY THE ADDITIONAL POSTAGE to send the full package of doll and wardrobe. With only boys in the family and no girls to give her to (which will not change) I am hoping her vintage wardrobe will attract a doll devotee.
THANK YOU RACHEL: We are gratefully indebted to the Ruby Lane doll specialist shop owner who identified our doll as a 1935 copy or competitor of the Horsman and Effanbee, Averill-Handren dolls of that time.
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