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A poster child for a well loved leather face cloth doll C1870 23"

A poster child for a well loved leather face cloth doll C1870 23"


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This doll has talked to me for a while now. I listen to her and look and have learned more each day. She has the most wonderful worn leather face. I don't think she ever had features. If she had an ink face it would seem you could see a hint of a face. She didn't have an embroidered face, no holes. Maybe pencil...Growing up I loved dolls but all my dolls had faces. I didn't know about Amish doll back then so I don't know how I would have felt by a blank face. I don't think or get the feel she is an Amish doll. Maybe a mother didn't feel she could draw or paint a good face. Her face is charming with great old patina. She has been played with for a few if not many generations. I tried to resist taking off her clothes. I don't think they have been taken of in 100 years so disturbing the clothing just doesn't seem right but I really wanted to see her body and I wasn't disappointed. Where she isn't leather she is a wonderful linen. She is completely hand sewn and some of the stitches are really tiny. She has a nice early sloped shoulder, tucked in waist and broad chest. She has a little bum in back for comfy sitting. The lower half of her arms are leather with hands that are unbelievable. Her thumb and four fingers are actually sewn leather so tiny I had to use a magnifying glass to see them. She is stuffed with fiber, hay or straw the has mellowed and broken so it is pretty smooth and compact. She is a little crunchy when you squeeze her. She has no sign that she ever had hair. I think her clothes, a very tightly woven homespun linen dress, could be all original but you can see they have been off and on a lot,(very worn button holes), so maybe not original but with her a long time. She is almost as great without her clothes. I never seem to get tired of her looks. She sure is the poster child for making do or do without. She is something else in a very good way. 23" tall and Circa 1870 NOTE...THE LEATHER ON HER FACE IS NOT CRACKED THE TOP LAYER HAS BEEN SCUFFED IN PLACES BUT NO CRACKS.
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