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Large ( 30”, 76cm ) all cloth doll representing a young black lady ( or perhaps and older adolescent/teenager ), totally handmade/sewn and falls into the overlapping categories of “folk art “, “ small cottage industry “, “one-of-a-kind “, or “ mother-made “ with no one particular attribution offered since “we just don’t know”, yet she is charming and unique regardless and deserves love and attention. Her somewhat “ spoon shaped “ head and face are covered by a light brown silky burlap-like material with thread embroidered mouth, nose, eyelashes, eyebrows, with additional parallel gold and red highlight lines above the lashes. The eyes are simple mother of pearl buttons . She sports dangling button drop earrings, and a hair wig that is of curly tightly sewn thread and is an integral part of the entire head and is not removable. The stationary head is sewn to the torso made of same cloth covering as the head. The one- piece arms are brown shiny cloth sewn with a joint at the shoulders; the legs with have sewn joints at hips and knees, are covered with a silkier, blacker cloth than the upper half of the body. She is appropriately dressed in a cotton print blouse with matching removable shawl, a thick antique red linen skirt, many layers of antique white cotton undergarments, brown leather boots, and a large black straw hat with cloth flowers, and black ribbons that tie under the chin. A remarkable doll in impressive size and overall design!…………………….SOLD.

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Wonderful 22 ½’ (57cm ) pair male and female all cloth dolls of unknown origin, thus thrusting them in the various categories of “ folk-art”, homemade, and/or “ unknown cottage industry “; regardless they are absolutely charming and warrant much love and respect as it is apparent that is what the maker was trying to project in his/her portrayal. As the hair and eyebrows of both have an obvious “ graying/fading “ feature ,one might rightfully assume they were a slightly more mature couple that has spent many years together as opposed to a couple of children or teenagers in the earlier stages of a relationship. Both dolls are covered with a shiny black textured material with applied pieces of red cloth as mouths with additional stitching, three -dimensional cloth noses, eyes that are buttons sewn over white disks, wigs sewn of tight thread with the woman having an additional tightly sewn large bun in back. Perhaps the most interesting and creative aspect are the thick, wide, eyebrows constructed in similar fashion to the hair. The woman wears a two- piece silk dress with velvet covered button on the blouse. The gentleman is attired in a simple blue and white cotton print shirt, wool trousers, and a black ribbon silk bow tie. A truly unique couple and unlikely to be found anywhere or any other time or place and deserving a loving “ forever -home “!……………………SOLD.

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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. 

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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. 

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 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. 

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 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. 

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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. 

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