Sister and Brother by Patti Hale

Photographs courtesy of Anita M. Ormsby

Name: Sister and Brother by Patti Hale

Made by and When: Patti Hale, 1985

Material: Wood, stuffed doe suede bodies

Marks: The girl’s neck is marked: Patti Hale/NIADA/85. The boy’s neck is also marked Patti Hale/NIADA. The year below NIADA on the boy’s neck is difficult to read; it could be 85, 8B, or 83 (see the gallery photo of his marks). Both have a cloth label on their backs that reads: NIADA Certified Doll.

Height: 13 and 11-1/2 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black curly wigs, carved and painted brown eyes with black pupils, painted upper and lower eyelashes; closed smiling mouths

Clothes: The dolls’ Patti-Hale-tagged matching garments are all original. Their feet are bare.

Other: Made by National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA) former member, Patti Hale, who transitioned on March 18, 2010, the dolls’ given names are unknown. They were named Phillipa and Phillip by their current owner. Phillip holds a balloon. Phillipa’s right hand forms a fist with a hole for holding something. They are a fine example of Patti Hale’s brother and sister dolls that she enjoyed making. Read more about the artist here. See an older, all-wood Patti Hale doll here.



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Published by DeeBeeGee

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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