|Description:||A tiny wooden doll carved from one piece of wood.|
|Origin:||This piece was found in a hollow wall, in the poet EE Cummings house In Madison NH.|
|Appraised By:||Deborah Allen|
This is a very interesting little hand-carved doll. From the looks of it I would place it as being from the mid to late 19th century (1800's). This type of doll was pegged together with wooden pins as yours appears to be - or later with screws for the larger sized dolls.
The doll is all wood with painted hair and face. The carving is well done but not elaborate. It appears to be varnished at least over the head which has protected the facial paint from wearing off.
The added benefit here is the provinence or history of knowing where there doll came from, and the fact that is it the home of a well known historical figure such as E.E. Cummings. Although the doll could have been there before he lived in the home, it still increases the doll's value.
I suggest typing up a small card telling the information of where and how the doll was found to keep with the doll. You may want to laminate the card for added protection so that it lasts for many decades to come.
Congratulations on such an interesting find!
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