This is a 15" tall ethnic doll with composition head on a wooden ball jointed body, dating from the early 1900s. This unusual doll is a bit of a mystery. I have owned him from several years and have tried to find who made him and where he originated. Once I saw a similar doll that was purported to be Russian made that was dressed as an Eskimo. This fellow came to me nekkid. I decided to be fanciful and dress him as a South Western caballero, inspired by the vintage sombrero, embroidered shirt, and gunless holsters that I found to suit him. I made him some pants and the leather chaps. He could use some cowboy boots still, but remains bootless in his red wool knit socks. His sombrero is made from red wool felt with metallic gold braid trim. It has a label inside that reads Al Sombrero Colorado Mexico.
Condition: There is old wood worm damage evident following the mold seam line on the sides and over the top of the head, on the base of the neck, and on 1 finger. There is no active insect infestation. I treated the doll years ago and there has been no new signs of damage since then. One wool sock has a hole in it. The skin tone of head and hands match each other but differ in shade from the body color, however I do believe that they are original as assembled.
I love the sensitively painted facial features of this doll. I was planning to fill and color in the damaged areas, but left them as is so they could be clearly seen. It would be a relatively easy repair.
Antique dolls, jewelry and other oddities.
Sleigh bells ringing. Are you listening. Snow is glistening. Walking in a winter wonderland.