This is a very uncommon circa 1920s-1930s Skookum composition Indian baby doll in a cradleboard. This baby doll by Skookum is unlike most of the Skookum dolls. It was clearly modeled after the popular Bye-lo baby dolls that were first marketed in 1922. It has a composition flanged neck head and soft stuffed cloth body with stomach cryer - just like the Bye-lo dolls - but given a distinctively American Indian appearance. The Skookum baby dolls came dressed in a diaper, simple tunis dress, and swaddled in an Indian blanket. This one was awarded special attention by it owner though, and is housed within a wonderful green painted cradleboard with cloth papoose carrier and inner liner. A great deal of love and labor went into making this miniature cradleboard.The cloth portions are made from a red and green plaid fabric and several different kinds of lace and trim, and leather bindings. The cradleboard has leather loops on the sides attached to a braided yard hanger. There are also 2 holes in the top that could be used to hang it by.
Condition is over all good. There is what looks like a triangle of repaint on the doll's forehead. The cryer doesn't work.
This doll comes with a Blue ribbon awarded at a Doll Collectors of America event. The doll measures 11". The cradleboard is 16.5" x 11.5" x 4".
Individually the doll is valued, and so is the cradleboard. Together they make an very rare package indeed.