Baby wears a painted leather headband. Some dolls, for no apparent reason, have a label on each foot. Her request for a patent was filed on November 29, 1913. According to McAboy, her career as a doll maker began when she made an Indian village which she displayed in the window of a grocery store. No doubt there are more styles and forms out there just waiting to be discovered. Some look to the left but are pretty rare and hard to find.
Logo includes sun symbol and Lucky Buck the mascot of the Tammen Co. Rarity and condition, as much as supply and demand, are the driving forces behind a dolls price. Production of the dolls ended in the early 1960s. In that case, value becomes personal, more about what an individual can afford and what it is worth to them to own it. Good: The Skookum exhibits slightly more wear and has no notable losses or damage. In use 1920s into early 1930s. The effect has been a leveling off of prices, especially for the most common dolls.
Rare is a word best reserved for an item when only a few or less are known to exist. In some cases the label, if it is an unusual or rare one, can add to the dolls value. By 1918, the mocassins were simulated with suede applied to wood, and painted designs. With the World Wide Web, the search for dolls became global. It can be quite satisfying to restore a doll to its former appearance, especially a larger or hard to find doll. Now what is throwing me off with this collection is the tall man and woman with leather hands??? Reputable dealers who are knowledgeable about Skookum dolls should be able to provide you with information when you are purchasing a doll. With the advent of online auctions, suddenly there are pages of Skookum dolls to choose from on any given day! These early Skookum dolls are in poor condition.
Later that year, Mary McAboy began to market apple head dolls dressed in Indian costumes, and achieved rapid commercial success. We welcome all reasonable offers! Logo includes sun symbol. We appreciate your business and look forward to helping you bring home a piece of history! Most Skookum dolls were made so they look to the right. Logo includes sun symbol. For any questions regarding this listing or help with orders email us at or call 702-272-0006. Do you think these have been redressed or are factory originals? The dolls started to become so popular that Mary McAboy partnered with H.
No discussion of value and condition would be complete without mentioning repair and restoration. Description Vintage Skookum doll is a beautiful and rare little gem! Later the heads were made from composition, then hard plastic. Some dolls had accessories such as jewelry, hair ties, cigarettes, headbands, feathered headdresses and more. McAboy supervised production of the dolls until she retired in 1952. Mint: The Skookum is in the same condition as the day it was made.
As interest in them continues to grow, so do prices paid for them, particularly for hard to find examples. The table below illustrates the Skookum Indian doll labels we have found to date. These are dolls that have been altered by creating and adding elements that were never part of the original doll. Complete, original details, including the original box. For a look that is pure rustic sophistication, browse our handpicked selection of vintage goods here, and if you don't find what you're looking for contact us at: customerservice luckystargallery. 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. A few stains, marks and wear all constant with age.
In the 1950s the wood feet were replaced by plastic molded moccasins with an embossed mark on the bottom, Trademark Reg. She publicized her growing business through western newspapers, and arranged a display at a office is , gaining press coverage there. The market for Skookum dolls has seen its up and downs over the years. If you have others that are not pictured and would like to share them, please email us and wed be glad to update the list. At the tip of the nose looks like it may have been glued or it just had a scratch around it, not sure. In use 1930s into early 40s.
Skookum Indian Patented February 17, 1914. She stayed on as the head of the assembly division; and while some of the materials used to make the dolls changed, the look stayed the same. Labels were affixed with glue to the base of the doll in the case of the early apple-heads, or on one of the dolls feet. By 1924, they were molded of composition material, and by the 1950s, the dolls had plastic feet. One method of determining the production date of the dolls is by studying the footwear. Trademark Registered, Skookum Bully Good Indian, Patented.
The examples below are references for the design and content of the label only. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. Buying less than perfect dolls can be a way to add dolls to your collection that otherwise may not fit into your budget. Free Shipping in the U. Educating yourself is the best way to insure that you are buying good, honest dolls.
Mary Dwyer had worked as a schoolteacher before marrying Frank E. You may have the same labels in different colors. 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. Dolls such as the squat sitters have the label fixed to the cotton covered base and some early mailers have a label on the back of the cardboard carrier. Whether talking about a hard to find doll or a more commonly found one, dolls in their original, best possible condition will retain the most value over time. Poor: The Skookum exhibits wear and major damage, repairable or not.