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Old Cloth Doll

Old Cloth Doll
Old Cloth Doll
Old Cloth Doll
Old Cloth Doll
Old Cloth Doll

This doll came to me out of the same collection as “Sadie” and, I must confess, that I seriously considered keeping her as I just love her whimsical persona.

She is entirely hand-sewn, and her body, which is firmly stuffed with cotton batting, is made out of a heavy cotton twill, while her face is fashioned of a fine homespun linen and her cloth “hair” out of black silk. She has a very expressive pencil face, as well as a “tuft” of human hair added to her head. She stands 18 ½ inches tall and measures 4 ½ inches across the shoulders.

She has been re-dressed with a period skirt, blouse and scarf, but comes with her original 1860's dress which has a split up the center of the bodice. This can probably be fixed by taking a piece from the hem (there is enough) and making a patch on the lining. The dress is unusual in that it has stays inside the lining of the bodice which feel like bone, and a wonderful calico pocket in the skirt. The dress is painstakingly and finely hand-sewn, so I think it is worth the effort to restore it but I will leave that decision to her next owner. The 19th C clothing she wears now is primarily machine sewn, with some hand finishing. She also still retains her original hand-made leather shoes, fine wool stockings and cotton petticoat.

Judging by her clothing and construction, I would say she dates to the third quarter 19th C.

Originally purchased in New England.

She is whimsical, wonderful and very, very folky.

Price: SOLD

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Terms and Conditions of Sale:

Personal checks, money orders, cashiers checks. Personal checks require a 7 business day bank clearance period. Unless prior arrangements have been made, payment must be received within 7 days or item will be re-offered for sale.

I guarantee all items to be as described. I try to be as thorough and meticulous in my descriptions as possible, and will gladly send additional photos as well as answer any questions about a piece in order to avoid return of merchandise.

In the event there is a discrepancy with respect to an item's representation, I must be notified within 48 hours of receipt of the piece. Upon notification, and my approval, the item must be returned within 7 days in the condition it was received in order to receive a refund less shipping and insurance.

Pennsylvania residents must pay 6% sales tax unless they possess a valid resale number.

Shipping and Handling:
Purchaser is responsible for all shipping, handling and insurance costs. I ship via the best and lowest priced carrier for the piece. Pickup of items at The Black Angus in Adamstown, Pennsylvania is a possibility depending on circumstances.

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