Slave Doll

When my grandmother died she passed on to me a doll supposedly made in limited quantites by a woman (perhaps in the Chicago area) who then broke the mold.

The doll is named Caledonia and is based on a former slave that the maker knew about in some capacity. I believe there was a husband and perhaps some children made as well.

The head, hands and feet/lower legs are made of hard material (bisque? composite?) and hand-painted; the body is cloth. The clothes were hand-made as well.

My grandmother told me the gray hair on the doll's head was real human hair and I have another small sample in an envelope that was provided by the maker of the doll.

There are no identifying marks, labels or anything else to figure out who made the doll or how old it might be. I am including four pictures and would love any information about this doll.

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Sep 11, 2014
by: Marisa

She is amazing! This could be in a museum. How touching her sweet disposition is.
I wish there were more info! And, I wish she were mine! I'd have her behind glass. Cherish her forever. From your grandmother means, priceless, and precious.

Aug 27, 2011

I don't have any info for you, but wanted to post a comment. I think she is AMAZING! Hope you can find out more about her and maybe someone has her family. What a great piece.-- Brenda

Aug 21, 2011
Roberta/Floyd Bell or Magge Head Kane
by: Dr. E's Doll Museum

Hi; Look for marks againk but if you don't find them, look up these artists in the title/comment box. They are also discussed in Spinning Wheel's Complete Guide to Dolls, Vol, 1, I think, ed. Albert Christian Revi. There are two books to the set.

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