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Black and White doll.

Black and White doll. appraisal

This doll was found in my Grandmothers' estate. It is Very old, and Very unusual. Someone made this doll back when the blacks and whites were not equal, blacks were slaves, so I'm guessing this type of doll was made special. I have never seen one like it ever. I can remember my grandmother displaying it at her home saying that this doll was so special that noone dare to have one. She had it, so I wondered why she would say that.

My Grandmother also pointed out the fact that it was one of just a few that were made, but wasn't sure who made it. There are no markings on it from what I can see.

If anyone can give me a value on this special doll, and a round about date in which it was produced, please do so. I would be willing to sell at right price.

Please advise...

 

Category: 
Antique Toys
Condition: 
Fair
Medium / Material: 
wood
Distinguishing marks: 
cuticles on fingers, curls in hair, no feet
Period: 
not known
Dimensions: 
7" tall head to head, and 3 1/4 wide hand to hand
Weight: 
almost a lb.
History: 
This doll belonged to my Grandmother. I acquired it throgh her estate. It was hers as a little girl. This doll was made back when blacks and whites were not equal, but blacks were slaves. My guess would be that this doll was made by a person for a special reason or whatever. It is very different and unusual. I have never seen one like it before, and everyone I show it to, are amazed. The doll is one piece, just half white, half black. My grandmother did point out that not many were made. There are NO markings on the dolls.There is one dress, but two different designes when you flip the doll. All moveable parts still work. The doll is old, and not in the best shape, but is very unusual. I hade it examined by a local antique dealer, and he was willng to give me a couple thousand for it. I want to know what you might value it at, and the age.
For Sale: 
Yes
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This doll appears to be german and has nothing to do with slavery and far outdates that era. It is most likely circa 1880s at the earliest and probably more like 1900-1935. I doubt anyone here is going to be an expert on dolls, you need to get in contact with a toy appraiser. I am extremely skeptical of the offers made to you as personally I don't see the value, but again if you feel they may be of significant value you should really pay for a formal appraisal from a true expert.

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I'm guessing the antiques expert that offered thousands and thousands of dollars for the dolls doesn't exist... if he does you should have already gone back and sold the dolls while you have the chance! I thought something was way off about the offers, nice dolls, but they are more common than you think and not worth much.

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