American Cloth Dolls and Their Things
Welcome to this happy site. I love cloth dolls, 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. 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 the dolls very sensitively -- often at or below cost ( (I really am a collector) or at a small profit. I will do what I can to make your purchase a pleasure. I hate shipping costs and try to keep them under my cost. Please enjoy my finds, and welcome to the club !
4" long x 3" high. Complete with button and tag, with his black spots on a deep loden green velvet, both eyes still there and excellent condition, he is ready to perch in a small spot to induce smiles. Frog or toad ? We think he's a winner. c 1940? 2 photos.
17". Mary and Bob's bear, purchased from Bill Smith's July 1 auction of the collecion of Mary and Bob Fraser. Let's be totally transparent: He is VERY worn, little of his beautiful mohair remains, he has separations at his shoulders, stains, one foot has been repaired, he has a little musty odor (needs an airing ), but, oh, what a bear ! Why is he as he is? Because he has been adored, and still is. We all need him for reassurance that nothing is perfect, life does go on, and the important part of him is alive and well: SOUL ! For you REAL bear people out there, I know you will treasure him. c 1920. 2 photos.
Price: $85.- HOLD
Recently found this fine lady with a friendly dealer who passed her along at a fair price, and I am paying it forward to you. She has all the bells and whistles: expressive embroidered face; astrachan wig; stitched-down fingers; sweet, floral printed cotton dress with matching bloomers; nice little apron; and the most wonderful original, detailed shoes. Very firmly stuffed. There is some wear on the pinched nose, but not distracting beacuse of fabric beneath. Dating her to 1910-1925, but only from dress textile, which could have been an early replacement. 2 photos.
20" black doll. From Tracy's collection: all original , embroidered features, stitched down fingers, original red leather ankle strap shoes, salmon dress and cape with hood, wonderful canary yellow bloomers, woolen looped hair, c 1900. 2 photos.
12". No apologies for this pristine doll (well, maybe a reassuring age mark or two on her dress), with embroidered features and a sweet cotton dress -- unusually identical on both dolls. They are equals !! I love how she looks on this doll quilt of the same time-frame, and so I am including it. Recently purchased and in just wonderful condition, c. 1910. 2 photos.
9.5" tall, made of felted wool, this endearing Babar was marketed by Random House as part of the "Art Impulse Items Original" collection, sometime in the third quarter of the 20th c.. Babar made his debut in 1931, but the Random House edition was published in 1960, and that made him an American treasure. I have stuffed this guy with paper to make him stand, and he is in good vintage condition, with a few visible small stains. Proudly made in the USA !! i think he is a rare survivor. 2 photos.
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