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Object Name Doll
Date 1895
Description Boy rag doll. Handmade of cotton, with a curly brown wig (possibly mohair or human hair). The head and torso are sewn as one piece, with arms and legs added. The head is pieced from 4 pieces of fabric, with a front seam, and is stuffed to create a profile, with embroidered facial features. The arms have bent elbows and shaped forearms. He is wearing rust color wool knickers and a matching jacket with brown velvet lapels; the jacket has mother-of-pearl buttons, and the buttons on the pants may be glass. The jacket and pants are machine sewn on the long seams and hemmed by hand. He is wearing stockings and brown leather shoes. Overall height is 19.750 inches.
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. John Wort
Ownership and History This homemade doll was made by a Mrs. Winant of Rossville, Staten Island, in 1895, and it descended in the John Wort family, also of Rossville. It is part of a set of 7 rag dolls made by Mrs. Winant; the others are another boy, a man, and 4 women.

This doll is a bit unusual in its construction. Rag dolls most often had flat faces with painted or sewn facial features, but this is constructed in such a way that the face has a profile.

It is not known whether he is dressed to represent a particular character, but the clothing he wears is reflective of some styles worn by boys in the 1890s.
Earliest Date 1895.0
Latest Date 1895.0
Maker Winant, Mrs.
Subjects Dolls
Lexicon Sub-category Toy
Catalog Number T03.0218
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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