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24" Alabama Baby Cloth Doll in Grand Size with Bare Feet
An Alabama cloth doll, circa 1890 from the Ella Smith Doll Co. of Roanoke, Alabama, that is rare for its large size (24") and rarer for its bare feet. Usually found with painted boots in a vivid turquoise blue, this girl has bare, oil painted feet with stitched and detailed toes, that match her oil painted arms and hands with the same, careful detail. Her molded and oil painted face has healthy, cherub like features, rich brown painted eyes, peach blushed cheeks, a closed mouth and deep, brunette painted hair, all being the original paint surface. Her early era is displayed with her separately applied ears and circular top head seam that facilitated the method of stuffing the doll from the head down. Her cloth body is in very nice shape, however her bare feet have quite a bit of wear in the toe tip areas. Soft, antique cotton undergarments, a white cotton shift and a pale, floral printed pinafore make for a gentile presence of this important, well cared for, cloth child.
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