The Doll With The Smile, Black Americana

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You can see her grin from across a crowded room.  This adorable American cloth doll dates to the early days of the 20th century.  She is hand-stitched, with a body made of old ticking. The body is hard-stuffed, probably with Excelsior.  Her legs from the knees down are covered with little doll stockings stitched on.  Her feet are covered with the most precious oil cloth shoes with oilcloth bows at the vamp.  Her pretty dress is made of cotton and covered with a geometric print of squares. The waist has many tiny cartridge pleats and is piped.  The sleeves are cuffed and there is a good hem at the skirt edge. The back opening has no button, hook or snap closure, as made. On her head, she sports a pretty cotton kerchief wisps of yarn hair peeking out. The hair is actually lines of knots strung together in little curls. Her face is oil painted.  14" tall.

Miss Smiley is in good condition, with some obvious signs of age and normal use. There's a threadbare spot beneath her broad smile, around the chin. The skirt of her dress has several holes, one 1/2" X 1/2", two others 1/2" long and narrow and another up within the cartridge pleats which is a tear about 3/4" long. Her head is floppy due to the stuffing having misplaced itself inside.  The ticking shows soiling, especially on the back side.  The charm about her outweighs any of these minor flaws.  She is a keeper. 

Home Farm Antiques
Bolton Landing, New York
(518) 644-2845