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Object ID # 1980.141.081ab
Object Name Doll
Title Lenci Felt Doll?
Lexicon category 9: Recreational Artifacts
Date 20th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Italy?
Description Female felt doll, possibly a LENCI or LENCI-type, 20th-c. A. Doll. The doll has a pinkish-beige felt face and body. Features are painted on with oil paint. Her hair is dark-brown dyed mohair, sewn in bunches. The head join's stitches show at the back of the neck. The face area has been hardened with something and pressed (possibly over a mold) to form features. The body and limbs are stitched and stuffed. The arms are long in proportion to the body. All of the digits (except thumbs) are joined and stitched together. There is a gap where stitching is loose and one can see that a fine cotton cheese cloth lining was used. The feet have flat-formed bottom, with stitched toes. One hip joint is higher than the other, resulting in one leg being shorter than the other. The limbs are jointed at the shoulders and hips. The neck swivels. The stuffing appears to be mohair.

B. Felt Dress. The doll dress is bright yellow felt, which once had white felt trim [now begrimed]. There are short sleeves with cut picot trim, sewn on facing upward. The trim (picot) around the neck faces upward. The dress is made of two pieces (bodice and skirt) attached at the waist. The skirt is made of 26 panels of yellow felt with vertical white trim. The bottom of the skirt has white picot trim. A yellow panel at the back is split in two to almost the bottom of the skirt. The bodice opens at the back. There is a button at waist level at the left side. Another button used to be at the neck area.
Provenance Maker unknown. Owned by Mrs. T. Dowsley Kennedy of 645 2nd Ave. West, Owen Sound, Grey County. Last owned by her daughter, Catherine "Kay" McKie of Guelph, Ontario, who found it when cleaning out her parent's house.
Collection Toys & Games, 20th-c Collection
Material Felt / Textile / Paints / Mohair
Dimensions W-12 L-24.4 D-4.5 cm
Found Ontario
People Kennedy, T. Dowsley