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C1930s Black Americana Patriotic 4th of July Mammy Bottle Doll

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1940   item# 1303408 (stock# BA928)

C1930s Black Americana Patriotic 4th of July Mammy Bottle Doll
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


 

Measuring 13 inches in height, this vintage 1930's, Mammy Bottle Doll is in well-loved condition, with a combination of machine and hand-stitched clothing that has been recently hand-laundered and carefully pressed. She sports a 48 star American flag making her very patriotic indeed!

Her interesting face is hand-stitched with a red satin fabric mouth, mother-of-pearl button eyes, and fab, round, celluloid earrings. Just love her face!!!

Mammy wears a red and cream checked bandanna that matches her shawl. Her blue and cream flowered skirt and blouse, present in various different shades as Mammy's outfit has been subjected to light over the years and is in places, quite faded! Mammy's clothing is speckled here and there with teeny pinpoint size holes, with more obvious small tears in her shawl and bandanna as noted in photos.

Although her bottle frame is covered by a black stocking, the stocking has opened slightly under her skirt at the base revealing her vintage, sand-filled, milk bottle.

This wonderful, early bottle doll is one of 5 currently offered bottle dolls --- all priced separately. This bottle doll is my personal favorite!!


Fab1935 Platt & Munk 1st Ed. Little Black Sambo and The Monkey People

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1940   item# 1303364 (stock# B290)

Fab1935 Platt & Munk 1st Ed. Little Black Sambo and The Monkey People
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


 

A representative sampling of pages from this hard-to-find, 1935, hard cover, 1st edition, miniature folio, Little Black Sambo book published by Platt & Munk Brothers, Inc., of New York, has been photographed for one’s viewing pleasure!

In utterly excellent condition with the only flaws noted being subtle wear to the paper dust jacket and a past owner's name and address, this version of the Little Black Sambo story is highly collectible as any item produced by its publisher, Platt & Munk, is aggressively sought-after due to the company’s reputation for use of extraordinarily vivid graphics.

This mini book is sixty-two pages long with 29 vividly colored illustrations designed and executed by the author, Frank Ver Beck.

A must have edition for the collector of Little Black Sambo books!


C1950s Black Americana Handsomely Attired Gentleman Golliwogg Doll

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1960   item# 1303344 (stock# BA927)

C1950s Black Americana Handsomely Attired Gentleman Golliwogg Doll
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


 

Measuring 21 inches in length, this very handsomely attired, gentleman golliwog doll hails from the early 1950's and remains in near pristine condition. Displayed under glass all of these years, his clothing retains good color and is free of soiling with the exception of his white cotton vest which has one small spot on either side that are both nicely concealed when his jacket is set properly in place. (Clothing is removable if the new owner wishes to launder.)

The golly's clothing is machine stitched; his red mouth and white eyeballs are constructed of felt. His body is tightly stuffed with cotton batting allowing him to be displayed either in a sitting position or standing with the support of a doll stand.

A brief history of the Golliwog doll: The Golliwog is based on a Black minstrel doll that the Victorian era illustrator, Florence Kate Upton, born in 1873 of English parents, had played with as a small child in New York. Upton's Golliwog character was first introduced to the world in her 1895 book entitled The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls. Like the rag doll that inspired it, the Golliwog in her book was an ugly creature with very dark, jet black skin, large white-rimmed eyes, red clown lips, and wild, frizzy hair. Golliwogs are typically male and are generally dressed in a jacket, trousers, bow tie, and stand-up collar in a combination of red, white, blue, black, and occasionally yellow colors.

A very sweet piece!


2 Black Americana Native Good Luck Elephant Teapots C1930s Japan

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1940   item# 1303190 (stock# BA926, BA101)

2 Black Americana Native Good Luck Elephant Teapots C1930s Japan
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


 

Offered are two, circa 1930's, Japan, colorfully decorated, Black Americana Tea Pots in pristine condition! A darling and diminutive, novelty elephant piece with riding black native completes the trio! All three elephants proudly point their trunks upward, awarding "Good Luck" (according to superstition) to anyone who displays them (or drinks their tea)!

Cleverly designed, the elephants themselves, serve as the body of each tea pot, while the turbaned Black Natives lift off the elephants' backs revealing their function as tea pot lids. A wicker handle facilitates handling on the two large tea pots. The base of all three pieces are marked "JAPAN".

The largest tea pot measures 7 inches high by 8 inches long; the middle-sized tea pot measures 6 inches high by 7 inches long; the tiny novelty piece measures a diminutive 3.25 inches long by 2.75 inches high.

Condition is excellent on all three pieces with the exception of the wicker handle on the middle-sized tea pot. One end of the handle is missing its looped section of the wicker that would have wrapped around the ceramic loop to secure the handle to the tea pot. As is noted in the photos, that end of the handle can be propped against the ceramic loop to maintain its proper appearance for display purposes.

Handsome and difficult-to-find pieces of vintage Black Memorabilia! All three Good Luck Elephant pieces are offered as a single group, priced at $245.00!


VRare Substantial Black Americana SEGREGATION Sign WHITES ONLY

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1940   item# 1303175 (stock# BA925)

VRare Substantial Black Americana SEGREGATION Sign WHITES ONLY
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


 

Measuring 39.75 inches long x 17.50 inches high, this untouched, all-original, single-sided, porcelain, circa 1930-40s sign is an extraordinarily RARE piece of Black American history-- an artifact of the "Jim Crow" era when segregation of the African American race was unfortunately, most commonplace.

The origin of this sign is unknown, but given its very substantial size and weight, it likely once hung as a directional sign in a major bus or railroad station, designating the "WHITES ONLY" area where African-Americans were required to sit or stand.

The subtly convex sign has had no restoration and remains in all-original condition. It bears areas of paint loss, scratching and superficial rusting (some areas larger in scope than others) typical for its age and use as noted in photos. Please view photos for further assessment of the sign's condition. The age and use-related signs of wear do not impact the physical integrity of the sign and are more than appropriate to the age and purpose of the piece.

An utterly phenomenal, extremely RARE, one-of-a-kind, museum-worthy piece of Black American history!

Please take a moment to view the other "Jim Crow" Segregationist Era signs that I currently have the pleasure of offering.


RARE 1925 Black Memorabilia Nigger Hair Tobacco Tin

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1930   item# 1303163 (stock# BA924)

RARE 1925 Black Memorabilia Nigger Hair Tobacco Tin
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


 

Offered is the fabulously RARE NIGGER HAIR Tobacco Tin produced from the late 1870's through the first half of the 1920's.

This particular tin hails from the latter period. Although it not longer retains its paper tax stamp, it must be noted that after February 1926, the name "Nigger Hair" was changed to "Bigger Hair", so this tin can be assumed to be dated no later than February 1926.

This image was used by The American Tobacco Company of Wisconsin to sell their product; the lithographed tin was manufactured by the B. Leidersdorf Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Measuring 7 inches high x 5 ¾ inches wide, the condition of the tin is an 8.5 out of 10--- sporting a lovely lithograph on the front side with minor and superficial scratches and abrasions along with tiny areas of paint loss on the sides and back (please see photos for condition). Some very faint evidence of very superficial rust is noted on the cover, on the back side of the tin near the base, and on the bottom of the tin with absolutely no impact to structural integrity. The inside of the tin is clean with some minor tarnish evident.

The original orange color of the tin remains consistent. Any imperfections are reasonable and expected given the age of this piece--- 80+ years!! This tin is just a wonderful example of early 1920s Black Americana and looks so much better "in person" than I was able to capture with my camera lens! Please note that any "white" areas in photos are flash reflections and are not imperfections to the tin.

Shortly after this tin's manufacture (just one month later!!), the American Tobacco Company changed the name of its product from NIGGER HAIR to BIGGER HAIR tobacco as it was felt that the previous moniker had become much less socially acceptable. At that time, the material out of which the tobacco container was constructed was changed from tin to heavy cardboard.

Truly an extraordinarily RARE piece of Black Memorabilia seldom found in this great condition complete with bail handle and lid! (Soft tissue paper has been wrapped around the bail handle to prevent any further scratching to the tin exterior.)

***For the ultimate collector of Nigger Hair Tobacco tins, the extraordinarily rare, Bigger Hair Tobacco container is also offered for sale- separately- and is featured in one of the photos beside the currently available Nigger Hair tin. The addition of the Bigger Hair container will complete your collection from both a cultural and historical perspective! *** Type "tobacco" in our web cover page SEARCH box to locate it.

Both the nigger hair and the bigger hair pieces may be purchased for the single price of $1195 with no further discounts applicable.


1930 Wood Pull Toy Puppetoons Black Boy "Little Jasper"

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1940   item# 1273763 (stock# BA922)

1930 Wood Pull Toy Puppetoons Black Boy "Little Jasper"
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


 

Measuring 7.5 inches long x 10 inches high, this rarely-found, circa 1930's, wooden pull toy depicting a Smiling Black Boy is fully functional! He was manufactured by Wood Commodities Corporation, New York, and was called, not the typical Sambo as one might expect, but "Little Jasper"!

Little Jasper was created by George Pal, a cartoonist who worked for Paramount Studios and who created the Puppetoons, a popular cartoon series played in movie theaters of the era prior to the screening of the feature film.

Push or pull him along, and he twirls around while the two present wooden flowers spin along with him! (One wooden flower top is, unfortunately, missing--the only imperfection to this fabulous toy!)

Overall condition is rated as excellent, barely-used condition! There is very insignificant edge wear to paint here and there, but the four wheels don't show even the tiniest trace of wear from use, suggesting that this toy quite likely sat either in a display cabinet or was packed away for its entire existence! Even the original, paper manufacturing sticker remains intact and in pristine condition!

"Little Jasper" is very RARELY found, and the opportunity to acquire him should not be overlooked!


1930 Alabama WPA Project Folk Art Black Cloth Dolls

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1940   item# 1273760 (stock# BA920 BA921)

1930 Alabama WPA Project Folk Art Black Cloth Dolls
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


Priced Each 

Measuring 9 inches high, these delightful examples of Folk Art styling, are two of a series of Black cloth character dolls made in Alabama in the 1930’s by unknown craftsmen/women. It has been speculated that their creation was encouraged through President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Depression era program, the Work Projects Administration (WPA), in existence from 1936-1940.

The doll clad in all black depicts the rarely-found, black country preacher out for an afternoon stroll with his wooden walking stick in one hand and the Holy Bible clutched in the other. The preacher wears a machine-stitched suit thoughtfully detailed with white shirt cuffs poking out of his sleeves and the white reverend's collar at his neck. His left shoe reveals a hole with a sock-covered toe poking through! The preacher's stove pipe style hat is placed snugly on his head covering most of his gray hair although his full gray facial beard features prominently. His embroidered facial features, characteristic of these dolls, are further accented with "steel-rimmed" style eye glasses. The 1.5 square inch bible actually has real pages! Also characteristic of this type of doll is a small square of asphalt shingle glued to the feet to serve as a stand. The doll's body is well-stuffed with cotton batting.

The gray-hair and bearded, chicken-toting black country gent doll is also attired in machine-stitched clothing and additionally shares a cotton-bating stuffed body, embroidered facial features, and an asphalt shingle tile stand. He wears cotton britches detailed with double knee patches and suspenders along with a blue and cream striped cotton shirt and a red and white polka dot kerchief around his neck. His hat is constructed of black-colored felt. This country gent holds a finely crafted and detailed brown chicken under his right arm, while his left hand clutches a wooden walking stick.

Two very special dolls that represent a snapshot of history, capturing the lives of poor southern black folk of the Depression era.

The dolls are priced at $255.00 each.


1930s Alabama WPA Project Folk Art Black Cloth Dolls

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1940   item# 1273736 (stock# BA874, BA919)

1930s Alabama WPA Project Folk Art Black Cloth Dolls
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


Priced Each or As a Pair 

Measuring 9 inches high, these delightful examples of Folk Art styling, are two of a series of Black cloth character dolls made in Alabama in the 1930’s by unknown craftsmen/women. It has been speculated that their creation was encouraged through President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Depression era program, the Work Projects Administration (WPA), in existence from 1936-1940.

The female doll depicts a black mammy out for a stroll with black umbrella in hand. This gentlewoman wears a red and white polka dot kerchief on her head covering most of her gray hair and has embroidered facial features – characteristic of these dolls. Also characteristic of this type of doll is a small square of asphalt shingle glued to the feet to serve as a stand. This doll has (not uncommonly) lost hers long ago, but a bit of the original shingle is still attached to the soles of both shoes. Clothing, with the exception of her neutral-striped knit-fabric sweater, is machine-sewn cotton with careful detailing right down to the red hankie poking out of her apron pocket. She also wears gold hoop earrings! Her body, which is well-stuffed to be anatomically correct, is black cotton fabric stuffed with cotton batting.

The white haired and bearded male country gentleman doll is similarly attired in machine-sewn cotton britches with a patch at the knee and suspenders along with a tan cotton striped shirt and red kerchief around his neck. His hat is constructed of cranberry-colored felt. Under his right arm, he holds a nicely crafted chicken that has sustained a tiny bit of fabric loss to its face. His left arm once held a wooden walking stick which is long gone, but alternatively, he now uses his free hand to hold the arm of his lovely lady! His asphalt shingle is also missing with remnants evident of it present on the soles of his shoes.

Two very special dolls that represent a snapshot of history, capturing the lives of poor southern black folk of the Depression era.

The dolls are priced at $225.00 each, or they may both be purchased as a pair at the discounted price of $395.00. Please note that no further advertised discount is applicable to this special paired pricing offer.


1930 Rhody Brush Black Porter and Mammy Clothes Brushes

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1950   item# 1273723 (stock# BA836)

1930 Rhody Brush Black Porter and Mammy Clothes Brushes
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860-712-9565


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This charming grouping of vintage, wooden, Black Porter and Mammy clothes brushes were all made in the 1930's and 1940's by the Rhody Brush Company of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

All seven of these colorful brushes have natural bristles, and range in height from 7.5 inches and 8 inches tall to the smaller, 4.5 inches tall, green and red-dressed little Mammy brushes.

The three black railroad porter brushes, the large red Mammy brush with cloth bow and the small red Mammy brush are all in near excellent condition with evidence of having been very lightly used as described:

Blue Porter with Cream colored pants: teeny, superficial "dings" to paint here and there with one teeny mark between the eyes.
Black and Cream Porter: teeny, superficial "dings" to paint here and there with one teeny mark near the mouth; paint wear to edges of cap.
Yellow Porter: paint wear primarily to right side of face and top of cap.
Large Red Mammy with Cloth Bow: paint in excellent condition with a couple tiny rubs here and there. Natural bristles have faint trace of original red painted dots to natural bristle skirt.
Small Red Mammy: paint in excellent condition; faint trace of original red dots on natural bristle skirt.

The following two brushes are also in very nice, barely used condition with minor imperfection as described below:

Large Red Mammy with hand-painted bow: brush has seen a little more use than the others(see photos)- very minor paint wear from use to Mammy's back. Black paint drip to collar area. Natural bristles dyed red.
Small Green Mammy: green cap and blouse, small, 4.5" tall --in very good condition with exception to paint striation on face that occurred during manufacture (close-up photo makes this appear more prominent than what is seen with the eye).

Please note that many of the white spots seen in the photos are light reflections and are NOT areas of missing paint. If one looks closely, the teeny areas of missing paint can be distinguished from the light reflections.

The taller brushes are all priced at $85 each. The smaller, 4.5", green and red-dressed mammy brushes are priced at $60 each.


Darling C1950s JAPAN Black Bisque Baby in Peanut Shell

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1960   item# 1266375 (stock# BA917)

Darling C1950s JAPAN Black Bisque Baby in Peanut Shell
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Measuring 3 3/4 inches tall, this rarely found, bisque, black baby doll rests in a 6 inch long Peanut!

The little black doll retains its original cloth diaper and swaddling blanket with arm holes. The blanket shows spotted soiling. The baby doll features a nicely hand-painted face with the bisque in excellent condition with the exception of the right foot. The top front of the right foot appears to have been chipped during production as it retains the original paint that is applied over the white bisque during the manufacturing process. The doll is marked on its upper back: "made in Japan".

The 2 piece peanut shell is quite lightweight and appears to be made of layers of heat-pressed paper that was fashioned into a peanut via a mold. The two peanut shells retain the original hinges. A 1 inch long piece of the interior paper liner has separated from the peanut shell, but the separated piece remains (see photo). These delicate peanut shells are in fine condition overall!

Perhaps originally intended as an ornament, the peanut shell still retains a hanging string at its top edge. A rarely found piece of Black Memorabilia!


C1920s Black Chef Wood String Holder + Grocery Memo

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1930   item# 1266374 (stock# BA916)

C1920s Black Chef Wood String Holder + Grocery Memo
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


 

Manufactured circa 1920's by the Wurts Creation Company, this scarcely-found, Black Chef, kitchen collectible doubles as both a string holder and a grocery list memo board!

Constructed of painted wood that is nailed and glued together, this vintage collectible retains quite a few of its original but yellowed-with-age grocery shopping list pages. The holder/board retains a ball of string and a stub of an older, red pencil. It also has an inkwell cut-out that would have accommodated a bottle of ink; presumably, an inkwell pen once resided beside it versus the current pencil.

The holder/board remains in all original condition with no repaint or repair. The black chef is not painted on but is a decal--all original. The pale blue paint has appropriate, minor, age-related wear as noted in photos.

Has great visual appeal and displays wonderfully!


1920-30s Black Memorabilia Tin + Wood Boxers Paddle Toy

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1950   item# 1266367 (stock# BA915)

1920-30s Black Memorabilia Tin + Wood Boxers Paddle Toy
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


 

Offered is a very interesting, scarcely-seen, Black Americana child's toy from the 1920-30's era.

Measuring 7" long x 4.5" high x 4" wide, this colorful toy features two African-American boxers who are activated by jiggling the paddle which causes the boxer's arms and legs to freely fly about.

The boxers have painted wooden bodies with lithographed tin arms and legs. They are attached to the wooden paddle by a thin metal wire.

The toy is complete and in all-original condition and has not been subjected to any repair or repaint. Wear to the painted faces is evident as noted in the extreme close-up photos provided. No manufacture marking evident.

This seldom-found toy displays very nicely and would be a delightful addition to a Black Americana toy collection.


C1920s Dexterity Game Black Dandy Smoking Cigarette

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1930   item# 1266317 (stock# BA914)

C1920s Dexterity Game Black Dandy Smoking Cigarette
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860-712-9565


 

Offered is an antique, C1910, German-made dexterity puzzle that measures 1 1/4" in diameter and 3/8" thick. This delightful game features a top-hatted Dandy smoking an elongated cigarette along with 4 white balls of unknown material construction that the player is challenged to fit into 4 tiny holes on the game surface.

Colorful detailing on cardboard covered-bottom is marked "Germany". Tin frame holds game with glass cover on one side and mirror on reverse side.

In every good condition considering age. Glass cover is free of cracks. Game color is still bright. Original mirror has a few spots of silvering and light scratching but is free of cracks. Displays quite well although it was very difficult to photograph without the game appearing hazy.


C1920s Dexterity Game Black Boy in Fez Blowing Bubbles

Catalogue: Popular Collectibles: Memorabilia: Black Americana: Pre 1930   item# 1266316 (stock# BA913)

C1920s Dexterity Game Black Boy in Fez Blowing Bubbles
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Stonegate Antiques
860-712-9565


 

Measuring 1 3/4 inches in diameter x 5/16 of an inch high, this rarely-found, circa 1920’s, dexterity game depicts a small black boy with Fez blowing bubbles out of a pipe! The puzzle is quite colorful and is very visually appealing! The puzzle contains 4 tiny white balls of unknown material, that, with the proper manual dexterity, are to be placed in the four bubbles the boy is blowing!

Constructed of tin with a cardboard lithographed image and a glass cover, this game has a mirrored back. The puzzle is in all-original condition with the graphic remaining free of scratches and abrasions. The mirrored back shows evidence of subtle, minor scratching. (Please disregard any light or shiny spots in photos which are due to flash reflection off of the glass.)

A delightful piece of early Black Memorabilia!

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