This vintage Skookum Bully Good Doll was made circa early 1940s, which we know because at that time supplies were low due to the war, and paper tape replaced leather to serve as moccasins over the wood feet. She is a female looking right. She does have condition issues, including a rip in her paper tape shoes and seams opening up on the blanket, plus she no longer has her pants or skirt. For this reason she is being sold "as is." Skookum dolls were created by Mary McAboy of Missoula, Montana, in the early 1900s. From a website about these dolls: "In 1913, she applied for two patents one for the figure of a male doll and one for a female doll. The patent was granted in 1914. Originally, the dolls had dried apple heads, later followed by composition heads and eventually replaced by plastic in the 1940s. The word 'skookum' is a Native American Chinook/Siwash word for very good or 'bully good'. Although most Skookum dolls have eyes that look to the right, there are some that glance to the left. It has been suggested that those gazing to the right represent good health and healing, while those gazing to the left represent misfortune."
Measures just under 6-3/4" tall by 3" wide and weighs about 1.5 ounces. Again, much wear in the blanket especially and no pants for the doll.
Great piece for the Skookum collector.
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