Mary Todd Lincoln ; China Shoulder Head Doll
Mary Todd Lincoln style shoulder plate has black molded hair with center part and bows highlighted with gold in front of each ear. Molded snood covers back of hair. Doll has painted black brows, blue eyes, pink lips, and rosy cheeks. Shoulder plate is wide and deep with three holes along the front and back bottom edges. Holes have not been used to attach the plate to her stuffed cloth body. Little of the cloth body is visible as clothing has been stitched shut. Visible portion of upper arms is made of cotton-stuffed cheesecloth. Visible portion of upper torso and lower leg are white cotton cloth. Legs are seamed at the hip and possibly at the knee. Lower arms and legs are made of china. Heeled shoes are painted pink and a painted blue garter with bow encircles the leg above the calf.
Dress bodice is periwinkle blue rayon with lace accents around the shoulders and down the center front. The dress has puffy three-quarter sleeves sewn to a wide fabric band trimmed with lace. A matching periwinkle overskirt opens down the center front and is edged with lace, which encircles the hem of the skirt in deep scallops. Skirt is gathered at the waist and sewn to a narrow satin ribbon that finishes with a small bow at center front. Waistband is tacked to undergarment at each side. Underskirt consists of three layers of wide lace ruffles, hand-gathered and stitched to a full white cotton slip. Underside of slip has a wide band of heavy cotton fabric, folded in half, gathered along the open edge, and tacked to slip. Drawers are white cotton with a fabric ruffle at each knee. A wide band of lace is gathered at the top edge and in the middle to create a band with a ruffle. Lace is stitched to drawers above the knee.
This doll came to History Colorado in 1988 as part of the Bernice Lang doll collection. The doll was collected by either Bernice Lang, Wilmette (Minnie) Belle Jackson (Bernice's mother), or Lindy Lou Lang, Bernice's sister or mother-in-law as an addition to their doll collection. The doll is not thought to have been used by any of the three ladies as children. No further provenance is recorded in any records obtained by History Colorado.