This is an original Skookum doll from the pre-1940’s. The Skookum doll was developed by Mary Dwyer McAboy (1876-1961) who was from Missoula, Montana. She began by carving apple head dolls and production evolved over the years from composition to plastic. Production of the Skookum dolls ended in the 1960's. This doll has wooden legs and is wrapped in a printed fleece blanket. The piece is in good condition. It measures 4.5" wide and 13.5" tall. The Skookum doll, a Native American Indian themed doll, is thought to be of a very early age and large size. Provenance: From a large old Native American artifacts and weapons collection in Great Falls, Montana. Early Skookum dolls of this size are exceedingly rare with such examples selling at auction for $2,700 at High Noon’s and Manitou Galleries 8/12/2005 sale, Three for $2,750 at the High Noon Western Americana 1/26/2013 sale and $2,000 at the Showtime Auction Services 4/11/2015 sale.
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