This 11 inch tall doll, circa the 1840s-50s, has a German papier mache shoulder head with leather/cloth body and lower wooden arms and legs. The legs end in carved flat sole painted shoes. I believe someone in the distant past has recovered the upper legs with cloth. I purchased the doll in an old wooden box where she appears to have resided for a number of years. When I saw this little lady, I am immediately drawn to her unique face. I wonder if this doll might have been created to resemble an African American woman as the coloring and facial features are different than any other papier mache doll I have seen from this period. The doll wears and antique cotton print dress. The dress appears to be from the same period as the doll and is probably original to her. There is no repaint to the head but definite damage as my photos show. With her straw hat in place, the holes and damage are mostly hidden. I know this survivor is certainly not in pristine condition but I hope someone else finds her as wonderfully interesting and unique as I do.
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