Rare early 1900s black cloth doll with stitched and embroidered facial features, unusual and sewn- on elaborate wig of thread, wearing the original two -piece suit with coordinated cap, shirt with more colorful collar and patterned tie, and wool socks covering feet. These unique and easily recognizable cloth dolls are attributed to having been made in Caribbean islands, primarily in French colonial territories such as Martinique, Guadeloupe, etc. and distinctively have separately applied long fingernails, as well as realistically gender identifiable genital areas. Although always desirable and collectible one normally finds female versions of these dolls, usually taller, often wearing bandanas covering the heads, sometimes with baskets perched on top. This harder-to -find male version is only 18” ( 46cm ) tall, and is rare to find at all, much less the smaller version. As such this doll has great crossover appeal to collectors of cloth dolls, French dolls, and black dolls and should not be missed!…………………………………………US$ 795. 


19” cloth doll with stockinet covering known to the doll collecting world as a “ Black Beecher-Type” as it is made in a similar manner to the “ Beecher Babies “ manufactured around the turn of the Twentieth Century in upstate New York but there is no evidence that Julia Jones Beecher of Elmira NY ever directly made or sold the more elongated black children of which this doll is well exemplified. Regardless of the ambiguity/uncertainty of exact source of manufacture these dolls are highly regarded in their own right and stand alongside both in terms of respect and approximated price range of the “ Missionary Rag Babies “ of Mrs. Beecher. As is typical, this doll has a stockinet covering over the molded head and facial features, a tight wooly caracul wig as part of the doll, and black pupiless eyes backed by a white celluloid-type material. Lips and nostrils are painted bright red , hands are “ mitten-style “, and there are sewn joints at shoulders ,hips, and knees. This doll is dressed as a “country boy “with plaid cotton shirt, plaid linen trousers, a red neckerchief, and a multicolored woven straw hat. Although he does have some anticipated age wear, he is still in relatively overall good condition compared to most and priced accordingly to reflect his actual physical status. Those in excellent to near mint condition usually sell for at least 30-40% higher…………….US$ 1,650. 


 Adorable 14” ( 35cm ) pressed hard cloth Kathe Kruse smaller version of the “ Deustches Kind” ( German Child ) presented s a girl with human hair wig parted in center with two side braids pulled to the sides covering the ears and tied at ends with silk ribbon bows. All facial features are painted, allowing a calm but pensive expression to emerge. The head swivels on the torso of the all- cloth body that has sewn joints at shoulders, and jointed legs at the hips that have swivel discs set at a diagonal position. There is a “ Kathe Kruse “ stamp on sole of one foot. The simple cotton one piece dress is light blue pinstripe other than white cotton cutwork at top simulating blouse top and sleeves. Undergarment is a gauzy cotton “ onesie “and is original. Socks are white cotton with round toed white leather shoes tied with a blue silk ribbons into bows at ankles. A sweet more diminutive example in overall very good condition with just a speck of wear at nose tip and minimal surface soiling to body…….US$ 750. 


 Very nice 20’ ( 51cm ) Martha Chase oil-painted cloth doll circa 1910-1920 straight from the family of the original owner in overall very good condition with just minor typical age wear and fading and no obvious signs of repaint and/or repairs. The only issue worth mentioning is that the sateen body covering upper arms, legs, and torso is weak at the very upper part of the arms where it meets the torso. The sateen at this is just a superficial covering of a much stronger band of attachment cloth underneath and is not putting the doll’s arms in ay jeopardy of falling off. The facial paint is still somewhat vibrant despite its 100+ years of life with only a slight crack of the paint near right outer corner of mouth. The hair is three-dimensional multi-textured dark blond painted with well-modeled ears and a single seam running vertically starting at the neck in back and running all the way to the top and continuing back down behind the other ear to the back neckline on other side. As is typical, the head and shoulder, and the lower limbs are all constructed similarly with painted-over molded oilcloth. His brown eyes are deep- set and the tiny upper painted lashes are very detailed. He/she wears a printed cotton 1910-style one- piece dress. The undergarments are original and accompanying the doll ( but not photographed ) is an original cotton and lace long baby dress but quite dirty in distressed condition. All these Chase children/babies of this type are individually constructed and decorated so when put together in a group one quickly is struck by the uniqueness of each despite starting out to fit “ one particular mold/style “. This charming doll definitely exhibits his/her own strong personality!!………….US$ 395.


 Sweet and somewhat fragile appearing child by Kathe Kruse in the rarer and smaller ( 14 ½”, 35cm ) size “ Deutsches Kind “ ( German Child ) model , circa mid-1930s, with hard pressed cloth painted swivel head on cloth covered torso, one piece arms with sewn joint at the shoulders, legs with swivel diagonally jointed hips ( “ toddler-like “) , and wearing the original glued on blond human hair wig with left side part which totally covers the ears. She wears a typical one piece ‘30s-style cotton print dress with lace collar and sleeve edges, antique underwear, and white cotton socks and black canvas shoes with buckles. Facial painting original with a few visible paint flakes/nicks. There are some very fainted red stamp marks and handwritten number on soles of feet but hard to discern exactly what they say. A nice doll looking content with herself but perhaps slightly vulnerable at the same time…….SOLD.


 Sweet 16” ( 41cm ) painted and molded cloth doll by Martha Chase of Pawtucket RI with blond painted three dimensional hair, blue eyes with wispy upper lashes , smiling mouth, three dimensional molded ears with head and torso being one solid unit with sateen covered torso and lower arms and legs with bare feet having sewn joints at elbows, shoulders, hips, and knees. Paint is totally original and in very good condition considering age and material with just a bit of paint wear on tip of the nose. The one- piece long white cotton and lace trimmed dress is probably original and at least of the period. He/she also has a cotton undergarment covering the torso and white knit socks that arise to knee level……US$ 375. 


Charming 20”( 51cm ) brown eyed Martha Chase child with softly painted and modeled facial features with applied ears, original facial and extremity painted with original finish in over all very good patina with minimal age wear other than on a few fingers and a speck of red on the upper lip. The stuffed cloth body is covered with the original sateen-like fabric and the clothing consists of pastel colored pleated silky-cotton knee length dress with some brown feather stitching at waist, shoulders, and on skirt. She has pink cotton underpants with braided lacy trim at knees, white cotton knee-length stockings, and old white canvas shoes (soles missing). Painted yellowy-brown hair has raised “brush mark-like” characteristics and a raised seam starting and ending in back about 1/3rd of the way around back of the head in both directions. A sweet doll and depending upon the clothing could represent a girl, a boy, or a baby…………………….US$ 395.