Multi-Face Doll

Name:  Multi-Face Doll

Made by and When:  Unknown maker, circa early-1900s

Material:  Composition and cloth

Marks: Unmarked

Height: 13 inches

Description: This is an unusual, unmarked composition shoulder head doll with a Black child on one side and a White child on the other. Both faces have painted features with side-glancing brown eyes (Black doll) and side-glancing blue eyes (White doll). The doll has curly lambswool and blonde mohair wigs, respectively. The five-piece cloth body is two different colors. Each side has a different dress. The shared feet, covered with white socks and black oilcloth shoes, are in the first position with the heels together and the toes turned out until the feet are in a straight line. The doll may be German in origin.

Other: This unusual doll won a second-prize ribbon in a 2006 Doll Collectors of America, Inc. competition.

Gallery (Images and description courtesy of and Alderfer Auction.)


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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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