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C1900 Black Americana Folk Art Cloth Rag Doll 17.5 Inch Pictured in American Folk Dolls Maine Origin Rare




Price

$1595.00 (shipping + $1.00 handling + $22.00 insurance)

Description

This is a Rare C1900 turn of the century Black Americana Folk Art Stockinette Cloth Rag Doll 17.5 Inch Pictured in American Folk Dolls Maine Origin. Two identical dolls are pictured in American Folk Dolls by Wendy Lavitt page 77. A very knowledgeable Massachusetts doll friend of mine recently provided some further information about this doll. Over the years, she has had four of these dolls, all purchased in Maine. She explained that the stitched necklace and bracelet, stockinette braided and fringed hair, shoes, waistband on the dress, stitched smiling mouth and teeth, covered seed nose with stitched nostrils, button eyes, ribbon hairbow, overall size, and hand stitched black stockinette body were identical to the ones she has owned in the past. This doll was purchased in New England.

This doll is Not the kind of doll that would have been made by a mother for her child, dragged around by the arm, and cuddled with at night. This doll is a Black Americana Folk Art Doll made by a very skilled person/artist perhaps as part of a fund raiser or cottage industry. As far as I can tell, I know of seven of these dolls including the two book dolls.

Her features include two Mother of Pearl button eyes, embroidered lips and teeth, and a little covered seed for a nose with embroidered nostrils. Other embroidery includes a pendant necklace, bracelets on the wrists, and stitching made to resemble striped stockings. Her black stockinette wig is the interesting detail with stockinette fringe around the face while the back ends in two long braids. The body is very firmly rag stuffed and hand stitched. Parts of the body that was not exposed to light remains black particularly under her dress. She has a five piece body with attached arms and legs. There are no holes except two hidden under the dress (at her back and back waist about the size of a dime). The legs are stitched to the torso (she does not sit). These dolls were not meant to be sitting dolls. Her yellow, beige and brown striped cotton dress with lace trim is original. All the ribbon on the doll matches (hairbow, braid bow, and shoes). The shoes are leatherette.

This doll is of high quality, extremely excellent condition, rare and worthy of further study or placement in a collection. Of exceptional workmanship, size and proportion, she is in all original condition. And certainly a fabulous piece of Black Americana Folk Art.

Item ID: clothdoll-stockinette-18265

Purchasing Information

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1. You can call me at (413) 774 3260 (9:00AM to 9:00PM Eastern Standard Time) and you can purchase the item over the phone directly with me.

2. You can email me at giving a brief description or item number of the item that you would like to purchase. In your e-mail, please include your name, address and state including the zip code, where you would like the item to be shipped so actual shipping charges can be calculated. I will respond to your e-mail with the total purchase price including shipping and sales tax (if applicable). If you would like to include your telephone number, that would be helpful as well. Please allow up to 24 hours for my response.

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Massachusetts residents must pay a 6.25% State Sales Tax or provide a signed copy of a valid Resale Form.


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Any item purchased may be returned for any reason within three business days for a full refund. The buyer shall pay for the return shipping amount. Shipping fees are not refunded. Please notify me prior to shipping. The item must be returned in the same manner and in the same condition as sent to you. All my dolls are guaranteed to be as described.


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A 60 day layaway plan is available. It includes 1/3 deposit down at time of purchase, 1/3 due within 30 days of purchase and the final payment due within 60 days of purchase. Of course, I expect you the buyer to follow through with the payment plan with timely payments. If a default is made, the layaway sale is cancelled, and I will refund money already paid minus a 15% restocking fee. A layaway plan is a courtesy offered to the buyer and must be approved first.


Doll and Doll Items Condition Definitions

NRFB/NRFP: Never removed from the original package as it was made at the factory. Package may show some minor storage wear or age with the contents in mint condition.

MINT/PRISTINE: Just out of the package condition with the exception of factory manufacture flaws.

NEAR MINT: As close to being mint as an item can be for not being in the original package, but may have some flaws. Flaws would be minor and mostly due to the natural aging process (for instance fabric may have yellowed from age).

EXCELLENT: Condition appropriate for age and storage with some minor flaws described. No major flaws.

VERY GOOD: Condition appropriate for the age, and may have some flaws from gentle play, storage or display.

GOOD: The item has flaws from being handled and played with by a child with flaws described.

POOR: The item is being sold as-is and is as described, and may need restoration or repair. Or may be good for parts.




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