Wonderful and rare very large antique Columbian oil painted primitive cloth doll c1890.
The Columbian dolls were handmade by two sisters, Emma and Marietta Adams of Lake Oswego, New York in the late 1800's. The dolls were exhibited at the Chicago World's Fair and were sold at Marshall Fields department store in Chicago.
This doll is very large in size at 28" in height. She has a lovely oil painted face, hair, head and torso and there are very light remnants of oil paint on the legs as stockings and on the hands. This example has exceptional coloring to the eyes and lips. She has individually stitched toes and fingers and she has seams at the ankle, knee, top of legs, middle of the arms, top of arms, across the bodice,vertically down the body, across the front part of the top of the head and there are three seams on the chin. Here original stamp has faded away.
The doll is in very good condition with some very minor signs of wear to the paint on the head and face, very minor areas of soiling on the body and very minor wear to the tips of the fingers and toes. also, please note that the head needs to be resewn back onto the body on the front side. The doll looks to be wearing what could very well be her original blue and white cotton check dress and pantaloons. The dress has some fading, a couple of small tears and holes and some minor soiling. The pantaloons are in very nice condition. The doll wears a crocheted cap, white cotton stockings and newer vinyl black shoes.