This is a very unusual 17 inch tall home made Folk Art cloth doll with an overlay of chain stitching on head, hands and feet. The stitchery over the face and hands appears to have been done with silk thread and has worn away over the face, leaving behind a shadowy pattern of the stitching. The facial features are embroidered, and the nose is padded out to give it form and secured by stitching over it. The feet have a darker brown cotton thread chain stitch covering, and the upper legs stocking area has the silk thread used again. The hair is made from short reddish brown wool. The doll has individually formed fingers and thumbs. The body is all cloth and soft stuffed. She has nice antique clothes consisting of white cotton chemise, pantalettes, and petticoat. Her dress is tan wool with thin dark stripes and burgundy red trim at shoulders and rosettes. It closes with hooks in the back.
Condition: Threads over the face have worn away. The neck is a bit floppy.
This is such a curious doll. It took a lot of work to chain stitch over all those areas. I estimate that this doll dates from late 1800s.
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