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Late 1800s All Original Dancing Peg Wooden 12" Doll
This is an unusual 12" tall late 1800s peg wooden doll that was made to be a dancing or jigging doll. He is all original, dressed in a faded and tattered clown costume. The difference between this peg wooden and the more common type is that his hip and leg joints are loosely pinned with metal so the legs can easily and freely move, plus he has a hole in the center back for a pole to be inserted, and chunky clogging feet. You would insert the stick or pole and dangle him over a thin board. The thin board would be placed on a chair with one end projecting forward and you would sit on the board and tap the projecting part as you dangled the doll over it. As the board touched his feet and you tapped he would dance for you.
Condition: He has paint loss in his right eye, though a quick touch of paint would easily fix this. The clothing is quite raggedy, but I prefer that to something new.
This fellow is quite a unique example of a peg wooden doll and a great example of a Folk Art doll toy from the late 1800s.
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