Pat Hatch Antiques country and Shaker and early cloth dolls.COUNTRY AND SHAKER ANTIQUES

21" black doll with shoe button eyes and yarn hair.

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Not all black dolls have black bodies. Some of the best dolls I have had were dolls that the maker took an old rag doll and gave the doll a black head. In the Jim Crow era, it became common in the north for mothers to teach their children about the plight of African Americans, by making a black doll for them. So mothers even ones that were not really skilled at sewing were making black dolls. Putting a black covering over a rag doll was one of the easiest ways. This is one of those dolls black head white body. She had an embroidered mouth and maybe an applied nose but there are only hints of it now. Her yarn hair is whimsical with lots of it now missing. She has on an early homespun linen dress that was decorated and made longer by adding colored cotton at the hem probably for this doll. She is a charmer and pretty much original. She is 21" tall and is circa 1890