From an extensive private collection... Wonderful, original two-in-one, "topsy-turvy" ("TOPSY & EVA") black and white, AMERICANA cloth doll, circa 1901. This is an extremely fine example of this charming double-doll.They are 14 1/2 tall, all cloth, signed on each shoulder under their clothing : July 9th 1901 by Bruckner, N. And shown in the 9th Blue Book, p. They have perfectly printed and molded features with printed blond hair on the white child and real, black hair with original red bow on the black child. They wear all their original (trimmed) red printed clothing, matching sewn-on printed bandanna & red bandanna , (respectively) as well as the original trimmed white apron. Both have sweet expressions and movable arms with mitt-type hands and separate thumbs.
The red printed skirt can be flipped to cover the opposite doll. We have seen statements that this type of double-sided doll originated in the south when there were few ethnic dolls for black children and white slave owners only allowed them to play with white dolls!Whatever their origin, this exceptional doll still retains all of her charm. (loc 51) They are in very good (near mint) condition with no rips or stains, no fading or repairs.
It looks as if they were never played with and always kept in a collection. They have no stains, no fading, no tears or repairs and no odors and are from a smoke free home.We have several of these fascinating dolls available, each all original and slightly different either in headdress or clothing. They make a terrific study when viewed together. Dolls in last photos are not included and each is listed separately. Please note: nearly all of our items are antique or vintage (usually with some signs of wear due to usage and previous storage). We do our very best to describe and photograph them for you and do not repair, restring, repaint or enhance them in any way as most collectors prefer to find them in their original state.
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We have more antique and vintage dolls, dollhouse furniture and antique dollhouse dolls available, each listed separately. We appreciate five star reviews. If there is a problem with your item, please let us know prior to leaving feedback and we will do our best to make sure you are satisfied.The item "BRUCKNER, 1901 Antique cloth black Americana TOPSY-TURVY 2-sided doll 14 tall" is in sale since Monday, April 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Cloth".
The seller is "mitsu-dog" and is located in Sparta, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia.