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The impressive Chase Mammy doll measures 27” tall. Three black Chase girls measure 17”, 16 1/2”, and 13 “ tall and show a variety of paint and modeling.

He was most recently owned by Thomas B. Chase. George came packed in a tan cardboard box bearing a label that reads: CHASE STOCKINET DOLL Style, Size, Color. No written words fill the gaps on the box ends. He has not been fully undressed so body marks other then the label are not known. George was recently sold at auction and is now in a notable private collection.

Mammy wears an original nursemaidtype dress. Her young charges have strongly molded features.

MAMMY AND HER PICKANINNIES

What was the inspiration behind Martha Chase’s design of a black Mammy doll? Was the creation of this Mammy and her Pickaninnies meant as a tribute to a beloved family servant and her children or was it her interpretation of a character out of the writings of the author, Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908)? This impressive 27” Mammy doll was made around 1921 and is indeed a rare find. Her artistically painted ethnic features display a wide grin. A black wig made of rough woolen cloth that resembles fur (but is still washable) sets her apart from the usual painted hair Chase dolls. Her brown sateen body with matching painted and fully jointed limbs is meant to be barefoot. Simple cotton clothing covered with an apron and wearing a bandanna on her head is appropriate for her station as a woman of servitude. The boy and girl Pickaninnies feature dark complexions and black rough woolen wigs that match Mammy’s. Brightly painted red lips smile a friendly welcome. Their cotton clothing is simply constructed. Several other equally rare, black children were issued by the Chase Doll House, some with ethnic features and some black versions of her typical stockinette dolls.

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