Black Americana Folk Art Mammy Toaster Cover Doll.
This hand made, stuffed half doll sits on a fabric-covered block of wood and wears a long pinafore-style apron. She has pearlized button eyes, a glued-on red felt mouth and only one of her two tiny red felt nostrils – although the red fuzz from the missing dot remains. Her removable pinafore is red with white polka dots on top with a full off-white skirt. The skirt has a pocket and two rows of trim, in two different shades of yellow. The doll and apron are machine stitched.
The wood base was made to sit on top of a toaster and the skirt would drape around the toaster body, protecting it from dust and grease. It is small by today’s standards, but toasters of the 1930’s through the 1940’s and 1950’s were much smaller.
It is unmarked and measures about 11 ¼” from top to bottom; the hem of her apron is about 13 ½” across the hem.
Condition: missing one felt nostril; some age discoloration on the apron; minor musty smell.
At the time this was made and used as a functional and decorative kitchen accessory, little thought was given to the representation it made. Today, many people collect items in this genre to serve as an historical reference and we offer this piece in that spirit.