Here are a PAIR of exceptionally rare , matching early, (11" tall male and 10" female), "Seminole Indian" doll s, circa 1930s, from the Everglades area in south Florida. The male member of the tribe wears his original, very c o l o r f u l , "big shirt" with matching cotton scarf with orange bead tie around his neck and black cloth headdress representing his hair.His body is stuffed with palmetto husk and his wooden legs are covered with the same material although he has lost one foot (which should not be difficult to add). His facial features include an applied nose and eyes which are stitched with thread. His wonderfully bright and clean, traditional patchwork shirt is actually horizontally stitched with many individual pieces joined together in bands to form the intricate patterns (as can be seen on the underside in our attached photos). Included with him is his female mate also w earing her traditional, very c o l o r f u l cotton, two-piece costume and original white bead necklace with her hair wrapped in a black cloth snood.
Her cylindrical body is made of cypress bark and palmetto fiber husk and her facial features are stitched with thread including an applied nose & one eyebrow. As described on page 9, "Indian Dolls"-Schiffer her black fabric head covering is not a hat but actually represents the woven hairstyles worn by the tribal women.
These wonderful dolls both have their earlier, softer printed clothing and are probably from the Brighton Reservation (Miccosukee-Seminole) and are in very good condition, considering their age, with wonderfully preserved features as shown. They have slight fading, no stains, no tears, little wear at edge of her skirt and no repairs or odors as they are from a smoke free home.
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