This is an antique Door of Hope Type Elder Man, 12 inches tall, in the typical clothing of these dolls. **Please read description in its entirety.
This doll has beautifully carved features with deeply carved eyelids, nostrils, philtrum, and lips and spectacular detail to the ears. His face has the carved detailing of an older man, with deep lines around his mouth. He has painted features and painted black hair with a very long real hair queue (braid). The carver of the head and hands was highly skilled.
The doll is dressed in his original silk costume with wool coat with silk frog buttons and wool and silk boots. The clothing is complete and in outstanding original condition with no tears, stains, or other condition issues.
This doll was sent to DOH doll expert Jean Kestel, along with several others I have not yet listed, for inspection and study. At the time, she was writing and has since published a book about Door of Hope Dolls and her study of these dolls was helpful in the writing of that book. She found differences between the authentic dolls and this one and photographed them next to the authentic dolls in her own collection. I have those photos to share with any potential buyer of this doll.
Jean speculated that these dolls may have been dolls referred to in a circa 1913 report from the Door of Hope Mission that revealed competing dolls that were affecting the mission’s sales of their dolls. She further speculated that the costumes may have been made by former residents of the mission, as their clothing was so correct and well made yet some of the fabrics slightly different. She also mentioned that she had several ‘Door of Hope Type’ dolls in her own collection that she knows are much more valuable than the authentic ones because of their rarity and that they were competing dolls. She further indicated that the heads are not carved from the same wood, we are not sure what type it is, but the faces and detailing of ears, eyes, lips, etc, are much more detailed on this doll than the authentic DOH dolls. She advised that the dolls be offered as DOH Type dolls, along with the supporting information, which is what I have done here. Please study the pictures and make your own observations and conclusions.
This doll is wonderful, the costume excellently made, and valuable in its own right as a Door of Hope Type doll.
Please email with any questions you may have. I am listing this doll at a mere fraction of what I paid for it 8 to 9 years ago; in fact, considerably less than half. I acquired five of these dolls from a private seller who purchased them at a Theriault's Doll Auction as authentic Door of Hope Dolls. I bought them based on her description and believing they were authentic, paid top dollar for them. Little did I know that Theriault's had published inaccurate information that many buyers relied upon and passed along that mis-information. I believe there is a market for these dolls as long as they are correctly described so as not to deceive.
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