We Love

Name: We Love Made by and When: Tanya Montegut (Dolls by MonTQ), 2009 Material: Doe suede cloth Marks: Unmarked Height: 18 and 17 inches in the seated position Hair/Face: Synthetic locs and loosely textured hairstyles/no facial features Clothes: Mudcloth-type-fabric dashiki, black pants, black leather sandals, gold bracelet, black leather amulet (male); mudcloth-type fabric dress, goldContinue reading “We Love”


Name: Lou-Ellen Made by and When: Gloria Young (Rone), Massa’s Servants Collectibles, 2006 Material: Gessoed and painted cloth, decorative beaded joints Marks: GY / 2006 (on the back of the doll’s right leg) Height: 17 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Synthetic hand-applied auburn wig/painted green side-glancing eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Sewn-on, aged floral-print blouse, green skirt with matching vest,Continue reading “Lou-Ellen”


Name: Hitty Made by and When: Gloria Y. Rone (Massa’s Servants Collectibles), 2016 Material: Polymer clay Marks: GYR / 2016 (on back) Height: 6-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black hair in an 1800s hairstyle with two rows of curls across the back of head and two spit curls on the forehead/painted brown eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Peach/white/brownContinue reading “Hitty”

Bottle Doll Marga Jane and Her Children

Name: Margarette (Marga) Jane and her Children Jacob and Martha Made by and When: Charisse Davis of Cyd’s Heritage Dolls and Thangs, 2005 Material: Wine bottle, cloth Marks: Harriet/Cyd/2005 on Marga’s back; Cyd is written on back of boy’s pants leg; the artist’s signature is on Marga’s hangtag. Height: 13 inches; children are 6 andContinue reading “Bottle Doll Marga Jane and Her Children”

“Kor,” “Kizzy,” and “Libby”

Name: Kor, Kizzy, Libby (named by the owner) Made by and When: Kor January, 2002, 2015, and 2014, respectively Material: Combination of maple, oak, and poplar woods; the girls have spring joints. Marks: Signed hangtag reads: K. Jan (Kor); WLBDA 15 (on the leg, Kizzy); and KJ / 14 (on the head, Libby) Height: 10,Continue reading ““Kor,” “Kizzy,” and “Libby””


Name: Beatrice Made by and When: Judy Kapron, 2019 Material: Gessoed and painted cloth Marks: Jude Kapron/2019 (on back) Height: 19 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Natural-textured wig styled in multiple braids with pink ribbon accents/brown painted eyes/closed mouth with painted pale pink lips Clothes: Sheer white dress with pink ribbon accents on the bodice, a white slip,Continue reading “Beatrice”

Walnut Baby

Name: Walnut Baby Made by and When: Floyd Bell, 2000 Material: Walnut wood with spring joints Marks: ©Floyd Bell (other indiscernible markings) / 2000 Height: 12 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black painted carved dots in the head represent curls/brown painted eyes/smiling mouth Clothes: White gown with light blue ribbon at the neck with lace trim at theContinue reading “Walnut Baby”

Celley or Calley

Name: Celley or Calley (handwritten on the doll’s neck) Made by and When: Barbara J. Larsen (a.k.a. Barbara Larsen), 1992 Material: Painted and gessoed cloth face, sturdily-stuffed brown cloth body, arms, and legs Marks: (Signed by the artist on the neck) Barb Larsen / 1992 / Celley / 11/16/92. [Celley could be Calley; the handwritingContinue reading “Celley or Calley”

Creatable World Doll

Name: Creatable World Deluxe Character Kit #dc-319 Made by and When: Mattel, 2019 (released to market) Material: All vinyl with extra articulation at elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles Marks: ©2018 Mattel (on head); ©2018 MATTEL/1186 MJ. 1. NL/MADE IN CHINA Height: 10 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair/brown painted eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Wears white jersey-knit undershirtContinue reading “Creatable World Doll”

Ava DuVernay Barbie

Name: Ava DuVernay Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, 2015 Material: Articulated vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Multiple rooted twists/painted brown eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Black turtleneck, blue jeans, red and white sneakers, copper charm bracelet and faux wood bangle Other: Designed by Linda Kyaw, uses the Mbili head sculpt fashioned after writer, film director/producer AvaContinue reading “Ava DuVernay Barbie”