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Rare and hard to find original, antique Millys Miniatures Old Aunt Mary Hand Made 3.5" Cloth Doll created by Mildred Davis is complete with all original accessories, card, tag and box. This provenance was shared by the original owner of this, the largest known collection of Milly's Miniatures Folk Art dolls known to exist: Handmade cloth dolls created by artist Mildred Davis, who was a volunteer at the James Whitcomb Riley Old Home Society of Greenfield, Indiana. She helped keep the museum open during its first 10 years (approx. 1937-1947) by making and selling her dolls there. She also later sold them from her home. Some of the dolls are based on James Whitcomb Riley poems. They're approx. 3.5" tall and are highly detailed with many handmade accessories. The dolls are usually attached to a small card which reads: Milly's Miniatures, From the Birthplace of James Whitcomb Riley. The cards contain the hand-written name of each character doll. Each doll is in its original box, which also includes a tag giving info about the artist and the Riley Old Home Society. My family became acquainted with Mildred Davis and her creations during the WWII years. Her daughter came to Akron, Ohio to work in one of the rubber plants to aid the war effort. She stayed at a home next door to my paternal grandmother. After seeing some of the dolls, my family started collecting them for me. There are 36 dolls, all in original boxes, collected during the war years, 1941-1945, and beyond. The oldest dolls are the ones in white boxes.


Mint Unplayed With - Box = Near Mint

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Estimate $300 - $500Nov 3, 2018