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$ 2,500

Pair of Large Skookum Dolls, Circa 1940-1950, Native American

Origin United States
Period 1920-1949
Materials Fabric, wooden, Felt, Plastic, braided hair.
W. 5.5 in; H. 16 in; D. 3.5 in;
W. 13.97 cm; H. 40.64 cm; D. 8.89 cm;
Condition Good. Very good, some alligatoring to faces, minor wear and loss.
Creation Date Circa 1940-1950.
Description Large pair of male and female skookum dolls of braided hair, plastic faces, and wooden legs with fabric and felt clothes attributed to H.H. Tammen Co.

DIMENSIONS: female - 16"h, 5.5"w, 3.5"d; male- 15.5"h, 5"w, 3.5"d
"The history of Skookum dolls starts with Mary McAboy filing two applications for patents for a doll or toy figure on November 29, 1913. The patents were granted on February 17, 1914. One of the applications was for a male and the other a female and in three styles - a male doll, a female doll, a female doll with a baby. The dolls started to become so popular that Mary McAboy partnered with H.H. Tammen Co. of Denver, Colorado in 1920 to keep up with the demand. She stayed on and was the head of the Skookum Assembly Division. The look of the doll stayed the same but some of the materials used to make them changed and plastic and some other materials were used. They were factory made dolls from the 1920's - 1960's that resembled Native American people and were usually sold in tourist spots. Skookum dolls came in a variety of sizes and styles to represent various tribes, customs and dress. From 2" souvenir mailers to 3 foot store displays. Skookums don't have arms but were wrapped with Indian style folded blankets so that it looked like they had folded arms. Some had jewelry like earrings or bead necklaces, papooses, hair ties, cigarettes, headbands, kerchiefs, feathered headdresses and more. They will usually have the words "Skookum" stamped on the bottom of the plastic shoes or come with a tag that says "Skookum". Most Skookum dolls were made so they look to the right. Some look to the left but are pretty rare and hard to find." {source: skookumdolls}
Styles / Movements American Indian, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 111734
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