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Q: About 30 years ago a friend gave me an American Indian doll she had owned since the late 1940s. The doll, 6 1/2 inches tall, is wearing a colorful patchwork dress and a black cloth headdress. She is also wearing a necklace of three strands of tiny beads and tiny beaded earrings. She is made of some type of natural fiber and has hand-embroidered facial features. Clipped to her back there's a handmade label that says "Indian Doll, Florida Seminole." Does this doll have value?

A: Your Seminole Indian doll is typical of those made in Florida in the mid 1900s. The tribe still makes and sells dolls like it. The doll's body is made from palmetto leaves stuffed and stitched to form her body and embroidered to create features. The black cloth headdress represents a Seminole woman's hair, which would have been combed over a mantle and pinned to form a fan. Your doll, in excellent condition, could sell for $50 or more.



Seminole Indian Doll

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