Every now and then I see a painted face doll that looks like she stepped out of an early portrait. These sisters give me that feeling. I sometimes wonder if portrait painters did sometimes paint the faces of dolls without signing them after all they were in the houses while they painted so it makes sense that they could have been asked to paint faces on dolls. Well if that happened I think these were among the lucky dolls.
They are 19 1/2" and 18". They are firmly stuffed with cotton, arms and legs are jointed, hands are flat at the ends and stitched defined without thumbs. There are some breaks on the cloth around the neck of the smaller doll, see pictures. The faces show some wear but by no means are big distractions. See the great painted hair around their faces. These are a wonderful pair of sisters dating to 1860-70.