These four dolls were made from wooden pins or clothespins. In the past, many children were content with home made toys - a clothespin, a dowel or stick and fabric scraps could make a little doll. My grandmother had a small box of clothespin dolls with hand drawn faces that she made in the early 1900's - I wish we still had them! these clothespin dolls are newer, and were purchased in various craft centers.
Included here are:
1. Clothespin doll with tartan skirt - Cape Breton Island, 1979 - 4"
2. Doll with a pecan head and clothespin body, purchased in North Carolina at the Wanchese Craft Center in 1972. - 6"
3. Pin Doll - Chipogan Farms, St. Denis - Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, 1974. - 6". The original tag is still attached (see photo).
4. Clothespin doll with wool dress, mob cap and knitting needles - Brockville, Canada 1970. - 4"
The clothes show some age-related spots and fading. These dolls are part of a large collection that we will be listing over the next few months. The former owner left a record of the date and place of acquisition. Some were collected on travels, some were gifts from traveling friend and relatives. All have been in storage since the mid 1980's.