This petit 13" tall Martha Chase painted cloth doll is very hard to find in this small size. She has short blond hair and gray blue eyes. She is dressed in a long cotton baby gown and bonnet
Condition: There is paint touch up on her left cheek. Some scattered paint loss and crazing/ cracks in surface paint - see photos.
In 1899, Martha Jenks Chase of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, began making cloth dolls. She made her dolls of stockinet stiffened with sizing, and molded into the likeness of real children. She painted them with insoluble paints to make them washable. Their cotton stuffing made the dolls lightweight, soft and easy to play with. Martha Chase worked at her home in a backyard building called the Dolls’ House. Her small cottage industry employed a number of women as molders, painters, and seamstresses. By 1913 the workers of the Dolls’ House produced play dolls, dressed or undressed, in six sizes ranging from 12 to 30 inches and retailing for $2.50 to $7.50. The dolls, though not cheap by early 20th-century standards, reached customers nationwide and sold well in department stores like Macy’s, Best & Co., Gimbel Brothers, and Wanamaker’s, as well as toy stores such as F. A. O. Schwarz.
It is easier to find the larger size Chase dolls. Small ones like this are scarce.