Cloth Dolls

Cloth dolls, aka rag dolls, have always been popular with both parents and children of all social backgrounds. They are safe, soft and can be among the least expensive of dolls to construct.

From the earliest of times, poor children would play with bundles of rags tied with string to form a crude head and body. Wealthy children would have played with more elaborate cloth dolls made of superior fabrics.

Many early cloth dolls have not survived due to their short life spans. Once dirty or damaged many would have been discarded. Most surviving rag dolls date from after the last quarter of the 19th century.

 LENCI-DOLL 14" FELT CLOTH DOLL ANTIQUE ORIGINAL IITALY

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EARLY AMERICAN antique cloth rag doll ORIGINAL CLOTHING AND HAT!

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Antique Cloth Doll

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Antique Rare 7 1/4" Italian Lenci Felt Cloth Character Doll, Smoker w/Pipe

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early antique cloth doll victorian paper mask face ALL ORIGINAL

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Antique Doll Cloth Body 15" Tall

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~ Wonderful! Primitive Cloth Doll Body For China/ Paper Mache Doll Head ~

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 Early Antique Cloth Rag Bisque China Doll Calico Dress

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Antique 10" Cloth Doll Female Girl Doll Green Dress with Bonnet and part of box

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EXCELENT Antique 1937 Madame Alexander 15" LITTLE SHAVER Cloth Doll ORIGINAL~TAG

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Antique Romanian Cloth and Leather Doll Traditional Dress

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UNUSUAL, ANTIQUE? VINTAGE? CLOTH,, BOUDIOR TYPE, BRIDE- DOLL

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Antique 10" Cloth Face Boudoir Doll 1920s-1940s Spanish Outfit - Wooden Base

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 Early  Antique Folky  Cloth Rag Doll with Hand Stitched  Face Blue Calico Dress

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ANTIQUE "INK DRAWN FACES" CLOTH DOLLS - SOLD AS A PAIR

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Antique Vintage Unusual Boudoir Cloth Girl Doll Hankie Lingerie Holder With Hair

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Antique Cloth Doll Body for China Doll or Other - Dressed - 15" Tall

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Vintage boudoir style painted face doll

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Antique Primitive Folk Cloth Doll with Oil Painted Features

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Vintage Tip Top Toy Composition Kid Body 16" Doll

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Commercially-made fabric dolls began to be produced in larger numbers during the 19th century. Madam Montanari, a notable wax doll maker, is recorded as winning a prize for a cloth doll at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851.

In the first half of the 20th century, cloth dolls became very popular, sometimes with papier mâché heads, but more often with faces made from pressed felt or stiffened buckram. Companies including Chad Valley, Dean’s Rag Book Co and Norah Wellings produced thousands of fabric dolls. Although they were lovely dolls, the drawbacks were that they couldn’t be washed and moths liked them so they slowly disintegrated.

In Italy, fabric was used to make expensive ornamental dolls primarily intended for adults. Lenci pioneered the art doll during the 1920’s These elaborately dressed dolls epitomize 1920’s elegance.

 

 

 

 

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