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Black Woman with washboard
This Black Woman doll is very well made. She stands 8/12 inches tall without her bundle on her head, with it she is 9 1/2 inches tall. She is made of a wire armature with cloth stuffed with cotton wrapped around it. Her features are needle sculpted with the eyes, nose and mouth delineated by embroidery floss. The clothing looks to be vintage 1930's. Her red plaid cotton skirt has an apron with pocket over it. Her blue and white blouse is a silky material, maybe rayon, over which she wears a brown/purple plaid jacket of rayon. She has a red polka dot kerchief around her head and a muslin sack for carrying things on her head. Her arms are bent slightly and her hands have individually stitched fingers. She is carrying a washboard in her left hand. Her expression looks like she is finished with work for the day! Her black oil cloth shoes are glued to a rectangular piece of shingle so she can stand on her own. She is not marked. Not much is known about the maker of this doll. Dolls like this were made in areas down south as part of a community workshop to give craftsmen an outlet to sell their goods. Please see my other items as I have a similar doll listed now. The condition issues of this doll are: fading and surface soil to the clothing, Her head leans to one side, probably from being packed away for so long. A very interesting and unusual doll.
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