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Superb example of this 10”, 26cm tall ( to top of head basket ) folk art- cottage industry doll attributed to “ Loveleigh Novelty Company“ manufactured in Grantville , GA, in the era from mid 1920s to mid 1950s. Each is hand crafted with heads made from painted black walnuts, cloth bodies, with hand -made clothing and accessories and feet from either carved wood or papier-mache. This woman going to or from market is in wonderful bright condition and beautifully portrays an elegant and working- class “everyday person” in her community. The original founder of this work is Ms. Itura Rosalein Colley Leigh, known in her whereabouts affectionately as “ Miss Love’………………………………………………………….US$ 165. 

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 Early Twentieth Century German doll of unknown manufacture, with unusual molded and painted swivel head on five-piece stuffed stockinet covered body, jointed at elbows and hips, with “ mitten”-style hands with thumb sewn slightly apart from the other four fingers all stitched together,. She has a center-part yellowish yarn wig with long braids reaching down in back in middle of her back. This is glued to the top of the solid-dome style closed head. The clothing is all original in an unknown regional folklore costume with white linen blouse with lacy ruffled collar, and one-piece skirt and vest with fancy colorful embroidery , linen undergarments and heavy white crocheted stockings. The elaborate hat with red pompoms ties under the chin and is an obvious part of the European Regional costume. It was sold to us originally as an American “ WPA” doll and does exhibit certain characteristics of certain of them but we have since been advised by experts of that category that although indeed impressive, not in that category. A subsequent reaffirmation of that, and indeed revelation of probable origin, is that the head became loose and while reattaching by sewing the interior of the neck socket revealed that the head had been modeled out of old newsprint written in German, identifiable in particular by the observation of the unique German script in forming the “ss” ( double- “s “). Although this discovery does not absolutely confirm that it was made with the borders of the then territory of Germany at that time, it indicates that it was most likely made in a country where the German language was at least the prominent dominate form of communication. A different and indeed well made and desirable doll and not one commonly found in the doll market……………….US$ 395. 

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Another equally charming “ Loveleigh Novelty “ doll/figure standing 11’ ( 28cm ) tall , portraying a slightly older gentleman wearing black wool suit and hat, having a white cotton beard, and carrying in ledft hand a riding crop with wooden handle and colored yarn “ whip”. He has his right hand held tight to his hat holding it in place and has a somber but gentle expression with captivatingly striking eyes and long wide feet with flat bottom shoes that permit him to stand even without the support of a stand………………………………………………………………………….US$ 165. 

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Expressive 9 ½” ( 24cm ) tall ( to top of hat “ middle-aged musician with well- made banjo positioned in his hands wearing burgundy velvet trousers with appropriately positioned black patches on both knees and buttocks, wearing a bright cotton print shirt with orange neckerchief, a lack felt hat , white cotton beard, and an expressive open mouth with teeth, obviously singing, and eyes looking up and to the right. Assumed to be a “ Loveleigh Novelty “ portrayal of everyday life in rural Georgia early to mid- 1900s and meets all the qualities and characteristics of these wonderfully and artfully handcrafted “ folk-art “ works of true and legitimate works of art!……………………………………………………US$ 165. 

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9” ( 23cm ) superiorly crafted rendering exemplifying and honoring a man doing a very hard day’s work, at a point of his life where he is no longer young and strong, but doing what was expected of him, and more likely plodding along doing the only job he knew how to do, or moreover might have been permitted to do in that era and place which imposed great restraints and limitations on many. Although he may appear a “ bit-worse- for- wear “, the condition of both the wear and patching of his clothing , his worn cotton sack barely holding his cotton pickings of the day, are purposedly constructed this way to exhibit the “ realities of everyday life “ and the tolls they take on a person along with advancing chronological aging. One should take notice of his thin withered hands made realistic by the use of old worn brown leather, and how they not only grasp to support the weight of his cotton sack but also hold on to his dilapidated walking stick held by his right hand. This “ Loveleigh” piece of artistry , indeed truly “lovely “, should be admired and cherished as well as the gentleman he is meant to represent, albeit only perhaps retrospectively, but hopefully still “ better than never”. ………….. ……US$ 165. 

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Charming and well -constructed all wooden milk wagon and horse with all original paint and in good working order , 21’ ( 53 cm ) long, and 9” ( 23 cm ) tall to top of wagon, and as well as a toy, also advertised the Sheffield Farms Milk Company in New York City, who was a major supplier of milk there in latter part of 19th Century and the first half of the 20th. According to Wikipedia that after the early 1960’s the property formerly housing the Sheffield Farms Company on West 57th Street in New York now is the current location of the CBS Broadcasting facilities there. In addition to just being a toy wagon, it is also a pull toy and when the cord is pulled from the front the horse’s feet move back and front as if walking. Also perhaps a bit unusual is that the horse’s hooves do not actually touch the surface as he is propelled forward. Something a bit different and a great prop for making a display!…….US$ 395. 

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