CLOTH AND LENCI II

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 Interesting 6” ( 15cm ) cloth doll portraying an elder lady with facial features achieved by hand-stitching thin silky cloth to crate the nose, eyes, mouth wrinkle and jowls to create this effect. Wig is intricately created using white mohair and gathering into a huge bun in back, hands are also rendered realistically by stitches, and all clothing and undergarments hand made as well as leather shoes. Exact maker unknown but to draw reference as to style there are similarities to those created by the French doll artists and producers RAVCA but my mentioning this name we do not mean to infer this doll was made by them, only to denote a style technique….US$ 85. 

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Interesting 6 ½” ( 16cm ) cloth doll portraying a young black lady or older child with facial features stitches to provide realistic and well defined facial features. She wears ad printed cotton dress with long sleeves, a half slip tied around her waist a cloth bandana covering her head and has arms that deel that they are constructed of nothing other than very tightly wrapped cloth. Technically this doll is a “ half -doll” as her head and torso are of one solid piece of stuffed and painted cloth but she has no lower torso nor legs- not missing, simply NEVER HAD. Perhaps he was made for a dols house, OR, has the characteristics of a “ pen- wiper “doll whereas one used a flat surface ( in this case the skirt ) or wipe excess ink off a quill or metal tipped pen used in days of the making of this item. Nonetheless is is charming, interesting, and indeed even unique!……………………….US$75. 

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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……………………..SOLD.

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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!…………………………………………SOLD

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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………SOLD.

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