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Catalog Number 7010-661
Title Doll; Pipe & Spool; Pin Cushion
Object Name Doll
Description Handmade pin cushion doll. The body is fashioned from a large wooden spool of thread with one side removed into which a clay pipe has been inserted with the opening to the back. The spool is covered by a sheer purple floral fabric and stuffed with batting. The doll also has a white lace apron a plaid shawl and a bonnet in the purple fabric. The face is painted onto the bottom of the pipe bowl. The arms are white pipe cleaners. All clothing appears to be hand sewn. There is also a felt purse hanging from the proper left arm. The label on the spool is visible through the fabric on the bottom.
Year Range to 1948
Material wood, cotton, clay, paint
Height (in) 8.5
Width (in) 4
History This doll was collected by Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn of Lincoln. Elizabeth was born in Fairmont, Nebraska. She married Howard Martin Rathburn in 1898. Howard was a general manager of Western Supply Company in Lincoln. They had four children: Winthrop, Margaret, Lois and Bette. Rathburn compiled an extensive collection of dolls from around the world, and donated them to the Nebraska State Historical Society in 1948.
Credit line Elizabeth Gaylord Rathburn, Lincoln (Lancaster), Nebraska
Collection Rathburn, Elizabeth Gaylord