The mother making this doll was a no nonsense woman. She made a doll with heavy cloth and then painted it with oil paint, several coats I am guessing, and stitched her with cord rather than thread. See how the cord is sewn at her neck and at hands and feet. I don't know how she could get a needle through it. I give her credit she did an outstanding job. Everything about her is heavy and sturdy. Her face is ink and thinner than the paint so her face has faded a little over time but it is still pleasing to look at. She has a second coat of black paint on her head and there is a two inch line break at the back of her head but it isn't going anywhere or doing any harm. She has big mitten hands and big shaped feet painted black to represent shoes. Her body is big and firm as are her arms and legs. I enjoy seeing the stitching at the wrists...She has on a lovely antique petticoat, I lined early dress and an apron and a brown checked jacket that not very old. Her legs are ticking and from mid calf down, painted red socks and the black shoes. She is as found and looks like she has been packed away. No other damage except the 2" line on the back of her head.
27" and C.1880