Composition Boy

Name: Unknown

Made by and When: Unknown, early 1900s

Material: Composition head, arms, and legs; white cloth body, tin eyes, voice box

Marks: Unmarked

Height: 25-1/2 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Painted black hair with sculpted widow’s peak/brown tin sleep eyes with brown eyelashes (eyelashes are missing from one eye)/open, smiling mouth with two upper and two lower teeth, and a molded tongue

Clothes: Redressed in an infant’s knit romper

Other: This doll is an example of an early 1900s composition black doll. Tin was used for earlier dolls’ eyes.

25-1/2-inch composition boy with tin eyes, early 1900s


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Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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