American Cloth Dolls and Other Things
Welcome to this happy site, now incorporating our cloth dolls and other finds, all under one roof. I love cloth dolls in a very special way, and take great joy in buying and selling them. Honestly? I would keep them all, but it is an addiction and I am everlastingly grateful to have found kindred spirits who love them as I do. My husband loves them as well. Go figure. He raced cars and jumped horses, but cannot bear to see some of the dolls leave us. As we make discoveries in other areas, we will add those things to the dolls. One caveat: I do not like returns. Please ask as many questions and request as many photos as you like. I will gladly give you undivided attention. I price very sensitively, based on cost. I will do what I can to make your purchase a pleasure. Shipping costs have become a burden to all of us; we strive to keep them totally fair. We accept personal checks and PayPal, and offer Lay-A-Way as well. Please enjoy my finds ! Living with antiques is one of life's greatest pleasures.
19" tall. This lady is from the dear old group who have lived with us for a long time. She is irresistible. Her paws, head and feet are fuzzy and her body is cotton. She comes in her original faded (holey at bodice) yellow calico dress of printed daisies with a wide collar and puffy sleeves. She came out of NYS and i am guessing that she is 1920 or so. Over the years her glorious ears have flopped into silly positions, and so she could be called "Flopsy" too. She is welcome to bring her heart ornament to her next home. 2 photos.
16". Every now and then, I take a buying tour of our house, to offer something I have truly treasured, and these two caught my eye, to reassure you that my vocation is DEALER, not COLLECTOR. These are such a sweet couple, with their engaging embroidered faces, unravelled yarn hair, and cuddly bodies. He is so unusual, having a body which looks like it started life as another toy, but very long ago, and she is black stockinette. Both have brown stockinette faces. They are so endearing. c 1890-1910. 2 photos.
Price: $675. pair
7 3/4" x 9 3/4". On a delightful drive to the Northeast Kingdom in Vermont, on the most spectacular day of last week, we stopped in St Johnsbury and I found this dear old piece. It is stamped: " GARDNER EGG CARRIER, Made only by The New England Box Co., Greenfield, Mass., USA, Patent April 18,1889" . No question here of age or origin. It is in perfect old patina and every little wire holder is intact. A kitchen treasure from the home of a devoted housekeeper of the past. 2 photos.
20". This came out of a wonderful CT doll collection years ago, and has happily graced many spots in our various old houses since then. She has such honest clothing (tiny brass button is ready to sew back on blue jacket), many layers of original underclothing and great shoes - albeit repaired. Her shoulder plate has a very old age line, but her head is in beautiful condition. c 1870. Her cloth body is very well made, with darling hands (separated fingers). Sometimes we like a finer doll to complement our precious rags! 2 photos.
5 3/4" x 5 3/4" plate; 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" framed. A child's "Z" alphabet plate from the mid-19th c , beautifully framed in a velvet lined, stepped shadow box from the late 19th early 20th c. Here is a lovingly preserved treasure, of a rare letter, depicting a zebra. The plate is in fine condition with the back so beautifully secured that I don't wish to disturb it. 2 photos.
5" x 5". Not many of these available, in excellent shape, with authentic age. PA origin. 19th c. 2 photos.
19 3/4" x 13 1/2", A survivor from a birthplace of cloth dolls, this is surely one of the most unusual pieces I have seen. There are a dozen beautifully rendered faces with surprisingly varied expressions, printed carefully on a piece of stiffened cotton. Late 19th c, excellent condition, with some lower and upper selvage aging. 2 photos. Let your imagination run wild !
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