Ida Mae (Twins) #11 and #38

Name:  Ida Mae (Twins) #11 and #38

Made by and When:  Miss Baby Heirloom Dolls by Sue Johnson from the Tea Party Collection, 1990 and 1991

Material:  Sculpted resin heads with stuffed-cloth bodies

Marks: Doll #11, right foot: 11/300; left foot: Sue / Johnson ©1990. This doll has a hang tag pinned to the left sleeve of its dress; the front of the hang tag reads, Miss Baby™ Heirloom Dolls by Sue Johnson “Made by the hand, created by the heart.”™ The back of the hang tag reads: Edition 1990 Tea Party; Number 11/300; Name Ida Mae

Doll #38, right foot: 38/300; left foot: Sue / Johnson ©1991.

Height: 19 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Doll #11 has three looped red-ribbon adorned braids, one on each side of the head and one in the center of the head in the back. Doll #38 has two looped braids adorned with red ribbons, one on each side of the otherwise painted black head. Both have hand-painted facial features of brown eyes and red-painted closed mouths.

Clothes: Dressed almost identically, they wear long-sleeved plaid dresses with a light-blue lace-trimmed, short-sleeved overdress, off-white lace-trimmed slip and full-length pantaloons. Doll #11’s dress is cranberry and off-white plaid. Doll #38’s dress is burgundy and off-white plaid. The feet have black painted-on side-button boots with red painted-on buttons.

Other: Two 19-inch Ida Mae dolls from Sue Johnson’s Tea Party Collection of Miss Baby Heirloom Dolls are #11 and #38 from an edition of 300 dolls. The heads and shoulder plates are resin. The white cloth bodies are stuffed. The gessoed arms are painted light brown. Their fingers are stitched together. The legs are black cloth to represent stockings.  Each doll has a cloth rag doll stitched inside the pocket of the overdress.


More Sue Johnson Dolls

See a 19-inch cloth male doll by Sue Johnson from 1987 that has a gessoed face here and here. Read about another resin-faced doll named Moselle from 1991 here.


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