Unusual 14” ( 35cm ) American all cloth doll with supposed provenance of coming originally from Pennsylvania, circa 1900 ( based on reported knowledge from previous collector ) with completely embroidered facial features, a raised nose, double chin, and very thick “ caterpillar “-type raised brows. The stitching at the wrists and hands are meant to create a sense of authenticity by creating fingers and wrist joints. The one piece legs are of a burlap-type material with vertical seams sewn in center both front and back. The dress is antique and slightly faded calico with a waist belt sash featuring a rose in front center. Cloth hat is sewn permanently to the head thereby conserving time and need for hair or wig! The body is somewhat hard in center so most likely stuffed with grain or bran-like substance. Folk -art at its finest and more probable than not a doll made out of love for a child rather than a commercially made item!……….SOLD.


Unusual and perhaps a one-of-a-kind 13 1⁄2” ( 33cm ) tall rag doll uncharacteristically designed to be an older gentleman and one of humble origin, perhaps a farmer or hand laborer, realistically rendered perhaps, to portray/honor a father or grandfather of a young child who was instrumental in the upbringing/maintenance of that specific child. He is all cloth and made in one piece in a standing position with detailed sculptured stitched face with separate nose, eyebrows, stitched mouth, tiny black bead eyes, and beard and hair ( both sparse ) of raveled thread. The arms have a vertical seam running the entire length and detail has been shown to try to stitch hands and a separate thumbs. Clothing is original to him with high collar printed cotton gauze shirt, waist-high faded blue overalls with suspenders and two “ patched- pocket “ repairs, one on front and another on back. Thin fade leather is sewn over both feet to create the illusion of shoes, although time has not been kind as the soles are hanging loose and almost detached on both with cotton toe-stuffing revealed as well. Due to age and character of the figure we decided not to attempt to repair as the age worn issues blend into the theme of the individual age and character emulated by the creator of the piece. Maker unknown which helps to validate the moniker as a probable “ folk-art “ piece of Americana!…………SOLD.


Attractive early 1930’s Lenci girl from the “3000 series”. 17″ (43 cm) dressed in a typical regional custome representing the Brittany region of France. Sewn to her apron is a heart-shaped paper tag reading “Breton”. She has the also typical molded pressed cloth head with painted features with eyes glancing ever-so-slightly to her right, an elaborate blond mohair wig with center part and braided bun on back covered by a crocheted snood-like bonnet with gauze and lace front and a blue silk ribbon tied on top front of the head. The costume consists of a dark brown long-sleeved with pleated gauze and silk blouse, a silk shawl with fringed edging and a black silk high apron with embroidered colorful flowers as well as a bead necklace. The shoes are brown felt that match the dress (one missing the bottom sole) and all the underwear is original layered linen. The facial painting is still bright and clean although there is a slight loss of red paint on the lower lip. The overall condition of the costume is also good but with a few moth holes to the felt on the left sleeve and one small area beneath the black silk apron. SOLD


 16” all cloth so-called “ topsy-turvy “ doll with one face being that of a white child and when turned completely upside down a black child on the other. Each presentation has a painted cloth face,, separate set of arms and complete outer costume , each different in color and material. When completely covered and in upright position each doll appears complete but when reversed the head of one becomes the hidden torso of the other. Condition is overall very good but with slight fading and surface dust on faces, especially the painted features of the black girl. One finds many types of these by commercially made manufacturers, primarily by Bruckner, but this example is either “ mot-her made “ , or perhaps by a small unknown regional company……………US$ 295. 


14″ (35 cm) American cloth girl made circa 1940’s by “Georgene Novelties” representing the (United Feature Syndicate) comic strip character “Nancy” created by Ernie Bushmiller. She has a swivel neck on a cloth torso with sewn joints and shoulder and hips. The one piece arms have attached “mitten-style” hands, and the straight legs have sewn on black and white horizontally stripe ankle socks tops with orange felt covering over the feet to simulate shoes. The dress is made in one piece with white linen arm sleeve and collar, and black felt top and orange short skirt. Nancy’s face is hard pressed cloth with “button” nose, a tight lipped red smile and nostrils highlights, black arched eyebrows, and indented black pupiless eyes. The back yarn wig is sewn on to the head with a yellow silk ribbon bow as part of the wig. An extra feature is the original  cardboard swing tag with all the printed identifying marks and attributions already stated above. In overall good condition with very minor surface dust primarily on the shoes. US$ 275.