Darnell From Smoky Holler

Name: Darnell From Smoky Holler

Made by and When: Brunswood Doll by Nancy Tritts Bruns, 1992

Material: Wood resin head, shoulder plate, lower arms, and lower legs; stuffed cloth upper arms, upper legs, and body

Marks: (Incised in the neck and shoulder plate)© / 1992 / Nancy T. Bruns / Brunswood / Doll; (Brunswood / Doll is incised within a heart that is incised within a square on the back of the shoulder plate.)

A white cloth body tag reads:
Brunswood Dolls (followed by the artist’s mailing address and telephone number)

Handwritten on the back of the white cloth body:

To Roberta
Good Luck!
Toledo Doll &
Bear Show 1992
Nancy T. Bruns

Height: 20 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Painted black hair, painted brown eyes and eyebrows, smiling mouth that reveals two upper teeth

Clothes: Darnell wears a dark orange wool cap with an off-white knit shirt underneath a striped navy blue, white, and orange long-sleeved knit shirt and tan overalls with patched knees. Accessories are a fishing rod made of a thorny branch and string and a silver resin fish attached to the end of the string.

Other: Made of wood resin from an original whittled doll, this doll is number 77 in an edition of 250 dolls. Based on the personalized signature on the doll’s back, someone named Roberta was the original owner.

Darnell was a 1992 nominee for DOLLS Award of Excellence in the “all other media” category.

Darnell and other dolls in the “unique dolls” category are featured on the artist’s website.



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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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