Name: Mask Face Cloth Doll
Made by and When: Unknown maker, circa 1940s
Material: Stuffed black twill for the face and black cotton for the limbs and body; the material under the face is firm, possibly made of plastic.
Height: 11 inches
Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black plush material, black painted eye’s glance to the doll’s right, painted circle mouth
Clothes: Pink and white handmade gingham romper fits the doll perfectly.
Other: This charming doll was found in a box with other dolls on the side of the highway on a rainy Ohio day when a collector and her husband, traveling from a doll auction, found this and several other dolls. Someone possibly won a lot of dolls at that auction, and the box this doll was in must have fallen off a truck or otherwise became lost in transit. The romper, which is probably not original to the doll based on the red ribbons in the hair, is handmade and period appropriate.
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