Handmade Kwakiutl Indian Nw Coast Cloth Doll For SaleUp for sale is a beautiful Northwest Coast tribal Kwakiutl cloth doll, in native dress, made by artisan doll maker Selina Bell of Alert bay, British Columbia. Purchased by original owner in the gift shop of the Seagate Hotel, Port Hardy, B.C. /July 25, 1986 and subsequently bought by me at sale (see notes below).In excellent 'as new' condition.Original sales slip available.Measures 8" (20 cm.) in height.Dressed in a ceremonial two toned red wool/felt button blanket with sequinned butterfly pattern on back. Wool apron with silver bell/bead/sequin detailing. Cotton long sleeved dress.Black wool hair and embroidered face.Acquired with a postcard showing 4 women wearing the traditional Kwakiutl Indian dance costume.See photos for typewritten details/info on recipe cards from original
In early September I attended an antique furniture sale hoping to score a piece or two for my recently renovated home. At the end of the 9 hour sale, a very tired saleeer pulled out 3 covered boxes of ‘old dolls’ that weren’t in the original sale catalogue. Nobody offer and he was about to consign the lot to the ‘unsold’ items and go home when I flashed my number for no other reason than the remote possibility that there might be a few interesting ‘things’ in the boxes that I could give to friends and family.
I lugged the tattered boxes into my car and didn’t bother to take a serious look at what I’d bought until the following weekend. What a revelation! I discovered at least 40 dolls, many of which were boxed with neatly typewritten recipe cards, receipts and info that told me that these had once been owned by a true doll enthusiast (or I should say ‘enthusiasts’ as several had clearly been handed down through generations of doll collectors.) The boxes also included vintage doll’s furniture, hand-made clothing and precious wee suitcases.
I was never much of a doll person as a child, yet I’ve spent the last month turning these lovely dolls over and over, and am starting to appreciate the fabulous diversity and wonderful craftsmanship represented in their ranks. I have decided to keep several, not because they represent the ‘best’ of the lot but because they relate to something in my own family history. The rest of this wonderful collection will be posted Oct. 21/22 ending Oct. 28/29. Even if you’re not a doll collector, have a look. I guarantee that only the hardest of hearts will not be smitten!
Please note that the shipping quote I’ve given applies to shipments within Continental North America only. My shipping quotes tend to be on the ‘low’ side but you may have to wait a week or two for your doll to arrive from Canada. Be patient.
I will happily ship any of my items to their new owners, anywhere in the world, but ask that overseas buyers contact me before the listing ends for a shipping estimate. Overseas shipping can often be very expensive.
Also, if you buy multiple items, as far as is practicable, I will endeavor to combine shipping.
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