Peg Wooden Tuck Comb Doll, ca. 1825
I was looking for stamps in a dumpster, because I collect stamps, and I found this in a tissue by accident. The only thing that I know-- well, I think I know-- this was back in '79 and '80. Me and my wife, we'd go to the library and look up dolls trying to figure out what it was. And the only thing we came close to see was a set of six, and this was the smallest-- an inch and a quarter. And it was from 1790. Now, I have no idea if that's what it really is.
This doll is an early 1800 to 1850 peg wooden, and it has a yellow tuck comb. She is, like you say, an inch and a quarter long. They were made in Sonnenberg, Germany, and Grodenthal, Austria. The rarity to this particular piece is the size, the condition. She has a yellow comb, hence the name yellow tuck comb. And you can see her hips are jointed, her arms are jointed. Everything in her has these little mortise-and-tenon joints. And that is just wonderful. She is a delightful piece. I am so glad you rescued her. It is a piece that today at an antique doll and toy show, would be between $1,200 and approximately $1,500.
Oh, that's good.
Yes, that's good.
Out of a dumpster, I guess that's pretty good.
That is pretty good. I'd say you're a good dumpster diver. (laughing)
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