Date: mid 1800s

When a doll is made in a factory for general retail sale, it is usually best defined as a toy. When a doll is made by hand, "folk art" becomes part of the definition. This doll is an example. Someone carved it out of wood, painted it, and made the dress, all by hand. It was likely a "make-do" doll. That is, its maker or makers probably used whatever was easily at hand in the house to fashion this toy, perhaps for his or her own child. The doll's boots are painted, and she wears a simple cotton dress.

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Medium: Wood, Cotton, Paint

Dimensions: L: 10 x W: 5 x D: 2 1/10 in.

Place: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Accession: 2001.0013.446

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Tags: Girl , Toy , Virginia , Shenandoah

Purchased in 2001.