Skookum Indian Doll, Circa 1920s

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This male Skookum Indian doll is circa 1920s. Blanket is cotton and pants are wool felt. The shirt is linen. Feet are wood with painted suede overlay. I believe the face/head is composition, and it is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, crazing, or loss of paint. Body is comprised of stuffed muslin. Hair is mohair and twine with ornamentation on ends of braids. Height is 11 ¾.

Condition: Please note the loose stitching on the lower edge of the blanket in the tenth photo, wear to the back of the blanket in the ninth photo, wear to the blanket edge in the eighth photo, and wear to the soles of the feet in the seventh photo. Also, the closure of the blanket is done with twine that has loosened.

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In the late teens and early 20s, 100% cotton blankets with geometric Indian prints were used. The blankets had a thick flannel feel and the designs were well suited for the dolls. Blanket hems were raw edged, bound with cotton or blanket stitched. Later blankets had satin bindings as well. After the mid 20s the “ombre” or rainbow shading technique was invented by the makers of Beacon blankets and from then on we also see dolls with ombred geometric prints. The fabrics used in the shirts and skirts reflected the times as well. By the 30s prints became bolder and more vivid, even whimsical at times. Most often 100% cotton, some dresses and kerchiefs were of silk. Wool felt was used for the male's pants as well as for some of the larger female dolls fringed dresses and smaller doll's underskirts. The 30s saw little change until war time when materials were at a shortage. Feed sacks and large prints were employed, replacing the calicos and finer cotton prints. Blankets were still 100% cotton, some thinner than the loftier ones of years past.

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