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This is a 14 ¾ inch tall papier-mâché head doll with a cloth body. Dolls of this type were a New England tradition in the 1840’s. The dolls were strictly meant to be a Christmas decoration. Their clothing, which generally included outdoor garments, was not removable. Each year the doll would be given one tiny "gift" which was affixed to the doll. If the custom was rigorously followed, eventually the doll’s clothing would become almost completely covered with tiny toys. Many of dolls the used for this purpose were papier-mâché, with girl dolls being the most common, however boy Christmas dolls are found occasionally. The doll pictured here has a papier-mâché head that I hand cast from a two part plaster mold that I made from an antique doll head in my personal collection. The head is painted with artist oils. It is dressed in hand painted striped socks, flannel breeches or skirt, a fur jacket made from a vintage coat, hand dyed mittens and a tissue paper and fur hat or fur hood and muff. Each doll carries a flag. Stands and additional toys not included. Your choice of boy or girl.
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