Have you ever heard of Skookum dolls? Perhaps you've seen them here or there, and will recognize them by appearance rather than name.
Skookum dolls were Native American dolls originally created in the early 1900's by a woman named Mary McAboy, who first used dried apples for the faces. Ms. McAboy lived in Missoula, Montana and was inspired by the Native American tribes in the area to create the dress and accessories for her dolls. She eventually patented her dolls and became partners with a manufacturing company to produce them. Instead of dried apples, the faces were made of a reddish-brown composition material until plastic was introduced in the 1940's.
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If you find a Skookum who has masking tape for shoes, don't worry. That's how many of them were made originally. Other shoes were made from painted felt. Collectors covet Skookums that are glancing to the left, which are more rare than the right-glancing Skookums. Those with plastic feet are less desirable than those with felt or suede feet, which indicate manufacture before the 1950's. The production of Skookum dolls stopped in 1959.
I've sold several Skookum dolls over the years, but I don't have any in stock right now. A nice example can sell for over $100. They are the type of doll that appeals to both men and women, and look great in homes with Adirondack style, Southwest style, or cabin chic.