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 and 4 inches
Faces: Painted facial features with black synthetic wool-type hair for Marga and her son
Clothes: Marga wears a tan floral blouse, tan-striped full-length skirt, and a tan tea-stained apron. The body is a fabric-covered wine bottle. Jacob wears tan pants. Martha is wrapped in a white lace bunting and bonnet.
Other: This doll came with a handwritten story written by the artist that reads: Marga (Margarette) Jane Motley. Martha-child of the plantation, fathered by white man in ownership of a Mill Marga Jane worked at. And Jacob Dahoney, her other child of slavery, no knowledge of his father; clearly, he was black. I love making the stories of my family in folk art dolls.