Ruby Bridges

Photograph courtesy of Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls Name: Ruby Bridges (a one-of-a-kind doll) Made by and When: Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, January 2020 Material: The face, arms and legs are made of a wool blend felt. The head and torso are a cotton blend. Marks: Signed and dated by the artist,Continue reading “Ruby Bridges”

Linda Brown

Photograph courtesy of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls Name: Linda Brown (a one-of-a-kind) doll Made by and When: Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, January 2019 Material: The face, arms and legs are made of a wool blend felt. The head and torso are a cotton blend. Marks: Signed by the artist, Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s DaughterContinue reading “Linda Brown”

One-of-a-Kind Maya Angelou

Name: One-of-a-kind Maya Angelou Made by and When: Debbie Behan Garrett, 2014 (revised in 2015) Material: Vinyl with mask face made of T-shirt transfer molded over polymer clay Marks: ©BIG BEAUTIFUL/DOLLS INC. 2000 (on the head); BIG/BEAUTIFUL/DOLLS/INC./©2001 (on the back) Height: 12 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair pulled up in a curly ponytail/printed photo faceContinue reading “One-of-a-Kind Maya Angelou”

Hallelujah Sisters Esta, Vesta, and Rose

Name: Hallelujah Sisters Esta, Vesta, and Rose Made by and When: Wyatt Hicks, 2015 Material: Sculpey, cloth, and wire Height: 6 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: No hair/faceless Clothes: Yellow knit dresses and floppy hats Other: Posable praise dancers, inspired by an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance, completely hand made in a limited edition; clothing and hatContinue reading “Hallelujah Sisters Esta, Vesta, and Rose”

We Love

Name: We Love Made by and When: Tanya Montegut (Dolls by MonTQ), 2009 Material: Doe suede cloth Marks: Unmarked Height: 18 and 17 inches in the seated position Hair/Face: Synthetic locs and loosely textured hairstyles/no facial features Clothes: Mudcloth-type-fabric dashiki, black pants, black leather sandals, gold bracelet, black leather amulet (male); mudcloth-type fabric dress, goldContinue reading “We Love”

Lou-Ellen

Name: Lou-Ellen Made by and When: Gloria Young (Rone), Massa’s Servants Collectibles, 2006 Material: Gessoed and painted cloth, decorative beaded joints Marks: GY/2006 (on the back of the doll’s right leg) Height: 17 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Synthetic hand-applied auburn wig/painted green side-glancing eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Sewn-on, aged floral-print blouse, green skirt with matching vest, floral panties,Continue reading “Lou-Ellen”

Hitty

Name: Hitty Made by and When: Gloria Y. Rone (Massa’s Servants Collectibles), 2016 Material: Polymer clay Marks: GYR/2016 (on back) Height: 6-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted black hair in an 1800s hairstyle with two rows of curls across the back of head and two spit curls on the forehead/painted brown eyes/closed mouth Clothes: Peach/white/brown plaid dressContinue reading “Hitty”

Bottle Doll Marga Jane and Her Children

Name: Margarette (Marga) Jane and her Children Jacob and Martha Made by and When: Charisse Davis of Cyd’s Heritage Dolls and Thangs, 2005 Material: Wine bottle, cloth Marks: Harriet/Cyd/2005 on Marga’s back; Cyd is written on back of boy’s pants leg; the artist’s signature is on Marga’s hangtag. Height: 13 inches; children are 6 andContinue reading “Bottle Doll Marga Jane and Her Children”

“Kor,” “Kizzy,” and “Libby”

Name: Kor, Kizzy, Libby (named by the owner) Made by and When: Kor January, 2002, 2015, and 2014, respectively Material: Maple, oak, and poplar woods; the girls have spring joints. Marks: Signed hang tag reads: K. Jan (Kor); WLBDA 15 (on leg, Kizzy); and KJ/14 (on head, Libby) Height: 10, 8, and 14 inches Face:Continue reading ““Kor,” “Kizzy,” and “Libby””