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Polka dot heaven, A doll so good she doesn't need fancy clothes

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This is a very interesting black doll. At first I thought she was a make-do with a face recovered but no, she was made this way. This is a good example of the dilemma that women faced when making a black cloth doll. Black was not an everyday color so the rag bag wouldn't have volumes of black cloth. Here she used the small amount of black she had and then used the brown material for the rest of the body that wouldn't show. The black and brown fabric are in the same seam going up the arm and the head and shoulder, she was definitely mad this way. She is hand sewn through-out. Her face is delicate with the exception of the great bushy eyebrows. Her mouth is painted in a dark red paint, her nose is raised and has a funny little piece of something white so it can be seen, and her eyes are brown beads. She is as found, wearing an antique slip that has formed to her body over the years. Under the slip is a pair of pantaloons with red and white polka dot trim. In my opinion her pantaloons are almost equal to her great face! On her feet she is wearing high top leather handmade boots.(The bottom of her left boot is missing.) The back of her head has broken down fabric on the top layer but there is solid fabric underneath. She is 22" tall and is circa 1870-80. She is a great black cloth doll.