This is a very sweet 10" tall circa 1950s hand carved wooden doll made and dressed by Helen Bullard. The doll bears the Holly Dolly Ozone, Tenn. label both sewn into the dress hem and pasted on the doll's back. This doll has black painted hair, and shoes. Eyes are brown and lips are red, as is the red bow in the back of her hair. She is jointed at hips, shoulders and neck. Her original clothing consists of white cotton pantaloons and petticoat, black dress and bonnet, and a white lace apron.
Condition: This doll's right arm has been replaced with a recently carved new wooden arm. It is a very good match, just a little lighter in color.Her apron has some age discoloration.
Helen Bullard was the original impetus for the founding of NIADA - The National Institute of American Doll Artists, in May 1963. She is a very important American doll artist. Any collector interested in artist dolls should own one of Helen's dolls in their collection.
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