CLOTH AND LENCI II

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Lovely large ( 28”, 71cm ) American all cloth doll with “ spoon-shaped “ head attached to similarly designed shoulder covered in oil cloth and hand painted much as in the manner of the “ Columbia Rag Doll “ and having a seam running across top of head to center of neck on both sides with a vertical seam starting at the seam in top cent of head running down back to the shoulder seam. Her hair, eyes, facial features including delicate mouth with slight smile are realistically rendered and are the epitome of quality desired for lovers of cloth, rag, folk art/limited cottage industry produced American dolls. The body is all cloth with seam joints at shoulder and hips with leather forearms with stitching at wrists and fingers to create a more realistic degree of portrayal. There are some old repairs in the outer cloth covering at the shoulders and at top of right leg seam where joined to the body of the torso. The painted surfaces are in relatively good overall condition with some expected age wear but in the grand scheme of things “ much better than most”. After passing a black light over the painted head and shoulder areas there was no “fluorescing “ revealed. Although we consider a black light simply a tool in helping to determine degree of originality/possible restoration we do not it the final arbiter in judgment as one’s eyes along with a magnifier and bright sunlight as often the best determining factors. That said, if one were to be highly critical bordering on paranoia, one might think that the pinky-rosiness of the cheeks might be too good to be true considering age but again black light showed nothing to affirm the possibility. Clothing is all old with antique undergarments and dress of printed brown linen-type fabric. ( A few moth holes in the old socks, especially at the toes.) Exact doll maker unknown but vintage would be probably in the 1890-1910 range. A wonderful doll and sits beautifully in a large doll chair or a smaller antique child’s chair…………….RESERVED.

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Interesting, rare, and perhaps unique but with provenance of prior ownership, yet lacking specific information by whom it was made or exactly when. What we do know it was once owned by either/and/or Winnie Langley/Dorothy Dixon , two of the most knowledgeable and prolific of mid- 20th Century collectors /dealers, who in addition to collecting the rarest of the rare of all types of antique dolls, were never hesitant to expand their categories of collecting into the unknown or underappreciated provided the items possessed a certain degree of quality and/or imagination. This 12 1⁄2” ( 31cm ) doll made essentially of molded cloth, painted canvas/stockinet finish, (and perhaps even incorporating leather into the mix), is indeed special and superbly executed and designed with the utmost of great detail. The body is hard stuffed cloth with molded and painted head with brush-stroked brows and lower eyelashes , thread upper lashes ( a few missing ), wide modeled nose with red highlight dot nostrils, molded open/closed mouth with two upper teeth, blushed cheeks and wide chin with slight dimple in center, applied cloth ears, glued-on custom-made blond human hair bobbed wig, and long painted arms with individual long pointy separated fingers and thumbs, with similarly style constructed legs ( but no pointy toes ), and a pin-joint at hips to allow the girl to sit. The costume consists of a custom- made dress of patterned silk with bead trim, a woven wide brimmed hat with silk ribbon bow, and homemade socks and white cloth shoes and bead ornaments. Truly a spectacular doll for all collectors favoring dolls in the categories of cloth, primitive, artist and/or cottage industry, folk art, or “ just plain different”!!!!!!!! ……………………………………………………………………………..RESERVED.

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Rare 37” ( 94cm ) unusual cloth doll with needle-sculptured facial features and a curly brown wooly wig. She has sewn joints at the hips, knees, and shoulders with the entire (very ) heavy body made of cloth with one of the most detailed features being that of the hands with long thin individually constructed separated realistic fingers and thumbs. The body is covered in antique heavy muslin in relatively firm condition exhibiting slight frailty in spots, especially at the knees and upper legs. The multi-layered, multi-colored costume with mop cap, apron, and scarf are all antique with some fading and age wear as one might expect. Completing the costume are heavy antique all wooden shoes with curled- up toes. Whether home-made or from a very small and unknown cottage industry is left for the buyer to decide but is a well-constructed doll in “ companion-like “ size that probably sat next to her original owner during many of the days and nights of somebody’s childhood. Assumed to be circa 1880s to early 1890s based on style, clothing, and overall aging observed……………………..RESERVED.

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Charming 17”( 43cm ) American cloth rag doll, maker unknown but most likely from a local small cottage industry, circa 1890-1910, with stitched sculpted face , black yarn hair, “ shoe-button “-type bead eyes , salmon stitched mouth and two tiny similarly colored beads for nostrils , and wearing a red calico dress with red bandanna, antique undergarments, and black stockinette-type fabric covered lower legs, much like that of the face covering. The body has sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees, and has hands with separately stitched thumbs with remainder of fingers outlined by stitches only. She is in overall very good condition considering age and type a bit of wear on one upper cheek and some fading to color of dress with one upper centerpiece replaced with same but more vibrant colored fabric. Whether commercially made or a “ folk-art” piece she is a bright example of “Americana “ to be cherished by all!…………………………………………RESERVED.

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Hard to find and highly desirable 15” ( 38cm ) American black cloth doll attributed to Maude Witherspoon of New Orleans LA (circa 1900) where she had a small cottage industry manufacturing these all cloth dolls with painted facial features, somewhat similar in construction to many of the Babyland Rag Dolls of the approximate same era with oilcloth painted faces but remainder of top and back of head undecorated but covered by a cloth bonnet tied under the chin The hands of these dolls are made in similar style and painted like the faces but the fingers outlined by stitches with no separation between the fingers She has shiny silky covered lower legs to simulate stockings, has sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees, and wears an all original striped linen dress, printed cotton half apron, and white cotton bonnet. Black-lighting the face reveals a few tiny spots of paint touchup but typical of a doll of this type and age. The Witherspoon dolls are not found as frequently as many other American rags so a rare opportunity to add one to one’s collection and an important component of African-American memorabilia………..RESERVED.

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