All-original, Early Antique Paper Mache & Compo Folk Art Doll, Straw-filled Body
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All-original, Early Antique Paper Mache & Compo Folk Art Doll, Straw-filled Body:
Welcome to our sale! Many of you know
us as longtime collectors and sellers of antique and vintage Hallowe'en, Christmas,
and Easter holiday memorabilia, paper ephemera, antique dolls and toys, and
lovely old china and glassware. For your consideration, we present a very early,
primitive 22 ½” antique shoulder-head doll. This paper mache, cloth and
composition girl retains all of her original clothing and her original mohair
Please meet Mildred Dorothy. She hasblue glass eyes and hand-painted features with composition lower arms and hands and incredible composition lower legs with hand-painted stockings and black shoes. She wearsbeautiful antique cream-colored pantaloons that have pin-tucks and antique lace trim. Over that she is wearing her original flannel slip and over that another slip with a wide crocheted lace hem. Her pink gown has lovely lace trim as well and this dress was sewn on – so we chose not to remove her clothes for her debut.
We do not find any marks on this doll and we do not know from what country she originates but we do know that she is a very early folk art doll who was probably assembled at her original home in the nineteenth century and was filled with straw from perhaps the family’s own homestead.
Mildred Dorothy has some wear to her face and scratches to one cheek. One arm feels loose at the shoulder and the hand attached to that arm has some chips to the tips of the fingers. Her dress has some fading in the front as well as some areas of discoloration. There are also a few small holes. Her undergarments are in excellent condition. We see a couple of tiny spots to her flannel slip. Her black painted shoes have some very slight paint chips to their undersides.
This early young lady, in her magnificent original clothing, would be perfect for any antique doll or toy collection, or in a collection of country primitives, and she would also be perfect as a decorative item in a country Victorian-themed home!
WE LOVE OUR buyers! We are thankful for you every day. Please check out our other sales, including Exquisite Large Antique Bisque-Head Doll, Simon & Halbig 1078, Germany, 28 1/2”, 2 Vintage Halloween Diecut Decorations JOL Flapper, JOL w/ Hair, Germany 1920s, VERY FINE+ Vintage Halloween Broomed Witch Diecut Decoration, Germany, 1920s, Lovely Antique China Head Pet Name Doll, Hertwig & Co, Germany Agnes 18” ca 1905.
We charge actual shipping costs with no handling fees. We’ll ship this item for $12.00 Priority Mail in the continental United States insured. The shipping costs for this item are an estimate and may be more or less depending on your location. However, if the actual shipping costs are less, we WILL refund the difference. We pack with tender loving care, and love to combine shipping. We’re also happy to arrange for free pick-up if you can come to Lancaster PA.
Please pay within 3 days of end of sale. We'll ship within 1 business day of receipt of payment. Pennsylvania residents pay 6% sales tax. While we prefer to ship to the United States only, we will ship overseas to interested collectors – but will need to quote actual shipping costs BEFORE the end of the sale. All international sales will be shipped USPS Priority Mail International insured. We also cannot predict other fees such as tariffs or duty taxes for each country.