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 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. 


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