Here we have two wonderful, vintage, black Americana, walnut head,'Loveleigh Novelty Doll. The man is known as The Preacher doll. He has a grey mohair wig and beard. He has a black felt hat, brown coat with tiny buttons and a faux leather collar.
He carries a cane and large book that says Bible on it. The woman is known as Scarlett's mammy, which is rare. She has the red petticoat that Scarlett O'Hara's mammy wore in Gone with the wind. She has a grey, mohair wig and a felt hat.The top of her black dress has black beadwork. She wears a white apron with lace trim. She carries a little velvet purse with a colorful handle. These Primitive dolls would make a wonderful addition to your doll collection! Size: Preacher doll - 12 including hat. Mammy doll - 9.5 including hat. Condition: Minor loss to paint on faces, light stains on apron, some fading to red petticoat, man's jacket is a little dirty on sleeve and back. No cracks, no tears, no odors, all original. Here's some info I found about these dolls: THE FABULOUS, LOVELEIGH NOVELTY DOLLS WERE MADE IN GRANTVILLE, GA BY ITURA ROSALEIN COLLEY LEIGH, BETTER KNOWN AS MISS LOVE (HENCE LOVE-LEIGH). SHE STARTED MAKING DOLLS IN 1924 AND MADE THEM UNTIL 1954-56. THE HEADS ARE ENGLISH WALNUTS WITH GREAT HAND PAINTED FACES. THE BODIES HAVE WIRE ARMATURES WRAPPED WITH CLOTH OR CREPE PAPER. THEIR LEGS AND FEET ARE ALWAYS FLAT WIRE THAT HAS BEEN COVERED WITH CREPE PAPER AND THEN PAINTED. FABRICS AND TRIMS WERE GATHERED BY FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. SHE USED ODDS AND ENDS FROM HER HOME IN MAKING THE DOLLS; NOTHING WAS WASTED. PETTICOATS AND PANTALOONS ON THE LADIES ARE ALWAYS THE SAME; OFF-WHITE MUSLIN WITH PLAIN WIDE HEMS W/ NO TRIMS. THESE CHARACTER DOLLS DEPICTED BLACK LIFE AS SHE SAW IT IN HER TOWN, PRESENTING A DIGNIFIED PORTRAIT OF BLACK PEOPLE, NOT THE USUAL CARICATURES. THE FIRST DOLL INTRODUCED TO THE PUBLIC WAS "OLD BLACK JOE", A COTTON PICKER. HE WAS FOLLOWED BY "AUNT LUCY" AND THEN CAME "MAMMY'S ANGEL CHILD" WHO WAS ALSO KNOWN AS TOPSY. MANY OTHER DOLLS FOLLOWED INCLUDING, THE PREACHER AND HIS WIFE, A YOUNG WOMAN WITH AN ASPIRIN TIN SUITCASE CALLED TRAVELING ANNIE, A COACH DRIVER WITH A WHIP, A FISHING BOY, BANJO PLAYERS AND THE LITTLE WATERMELON BOY. ONE OF THE RAREST IS "SCARLET'S MAMMY" WITH HER RED PETTICOAT SHOWING. Add me to your favorites!
The item "Pr Vintage Walnut Cloth Black Folk Art Primitive Dolls Loveleigh Novelty" is in sale since Saturday, April 11, 2020. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\By Type\Cultures & Ethnicities".The seller is "kpowers2000" and is located in Mahopac, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.