Circa 1860 Rawhide doll by Darrow. Made in Bristol, CT by Franklin Elijah Darrow. Franklin Darrow had a leather goods business, where he manufactured belts, etc. The patent for the dolls was granted in May 1866. The dolls heads made use of the scrap leather left over from the leather business. The leather heads were pressed in to molds.

This doll has a rawhide shoulderhead attached to a stuffed cloth body. The body is original. She has nice 19th c. drawers and a petticoat that appear to be original to the doll.. The dress is a remake that is entirely hand sewn. The fabric of the dress is antique and appropriate.

Size: 13" tall

Condition: This doll has been repainted. The new paint is not stable and is flaking off ( thank goodness!) I am unsure how much original paint is underneath. The body has been resewn at the knees. Damage at one toe. Leather arm needs to be reattached at the elbow.

When in better condition, these dolls sell for over $1,000.

Perhaps, you need a project during your quarantine. I would carefully remove the unstable paint. I could enjoy her as a primitive doll.

Only the doll with clothing is for sale in this listing. Rocky is not included!


Bonnie J. Cook

Circa 1860 Darrow Rawhide Doll....Needs Work


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