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Ancient Folk Art Doll....Carved Treen.....SALE PENDING
Most likely New England, small possibly English just owing to the age, ca. mid-18th century. Sometimes known as a bedpost doll. Pine, with traces of Windsor green paint in the recesses (worn away from generations of handling), and the richest dark patina that one could imagine. Attired in 18th century clothing that may include a stomacher, with the scarce survival of arms that are folded away from the body. The face has a much lighter color than the body, indicating that the head was often rubbed, perhaps for reassurance. Steel or brass tacks likely secured glass eyes that long ago fell away. The attitude of the doll is one of comfort and cheer. Stands about 11 inches tall. Please ask for high resolution images.
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