|Circa 1940s papier mâché mammy|
Found on eBay in November 2017, this circa 1940s one-of-a-kind, hand sculpted, unmarked mammy is made of papier mâché and cloth.
|Closeup of circa 1940s mammy|
Because her head sculpt reminds me of dolls by the late I. Roberta Bell, I added her to my collection. She is unmarked, but her 1940s origin predates Bell's dolls. Her entry in my Excel doll inventory workbook fully describes her as follows:
|Circa 1940s Mammy: 13
inches tall, made of a papier mâché or clay, one-of-a-kind mammy with hand
sculpted features. Facial features are painted. Black mohair used for bangs and hair at shoulders
underneath red bandanna headscarf that is tied at top center of head. Has brown cloth body
with mature bosom; cloth arms, and legs.
Feet and hands are same material as face. Wears blue floral dress with white
(yellowed with age) organdy apron trimmed in red rickrack with pocket that
holds a red bandanna handkerchief; wears white cotton slip and matching pantaloons.
Has painted-on black shoes.|
|This photo illustrates her white pantaloons, her mostly brown cloth legs, lower papier mâché legs, and painted-on black shoes.|
|Mammy has a bent (to sit) posture.|
Her body was crafted for sitting, but she can also stand with the assistance of a doll stand and still appear to be standing.
|Mammy's dress might have been made from flour sack or feed sack material.|
In the group photo above, Mammy fits in quite nicely with other, mostly early 1900s dolls with a few modern girls and guys thrown into the mix. Can you find her?
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