Avery Art and Antiques
Pair Voodoo Rag Dolls

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All Items: Popular Collectibles: Dolls and Figures: Pre 1900: item # 853251

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14380 Shoreline Highway
Valley Ford, CA 94972-0419

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Pair Voodoo Rag Dolls
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Dolls are rarely my thing, I find them usually creepy or sentimental. But these two are alive with spirit and deep feeling. Antique African-American items are scare enough, but how often do you see them in this state of preservation? The female doll – I almost want to give them both names, but will leave that to the collector who wins them – is dressed in the bandanna-and-pinafore style house servants in an affluent Southern household: lace trimming, petticoat, beribboned slippers and pantaloons, “jewels.” She holds at her side a similarly-dressed babe, also needing a name – but not “Prissy” or “Topsy,” please! The little man is likewise duded-up, with a gold-buttoned jersey jacket, foxy plaid pants, taffeta necktie, detachable collar, tricot shirt, buckled leatherette shoes and gold hoop earrings. He is about 11-12 inches tall and 5-1/2 inches wide, his lady about an inch shorter and slimmer. American, circa 1900.

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