Hand Carved Helen Bullard Holly Doll

This wonderful hand made doll measures 10” and is dressed in her hand made original outfit. She is jointed at the shoulders and legs. Her dress has a cloth label which reads “Holly Dolls”, Handmade, Ozone, Tenn. Her body has an identical paper label glued on the back. Helen Bullard was an American folk doll artist and sculptor who made hand carved wooden dolls under the name “Holly Dolls”. Wood from the holly tree was originally used to make the dolls. Helen Bullard was at one time the President of the Federation of Doll Clubs, the founder and president of the National Institute of American Doll Artists and the author of a number of books including American Doll Artists volumes 1&2, My People in Wood and others. This doll is in excellent condition with a beautiful painted face. Her outfit, calico dress, lace trimmed slip with her name embroidered on it and bloomers, does have some brown age spots but no rips or tears. One of her painted eyes appears to have a slight scrape but otherwise her body is excellent. She was made sometime between 1940-1950 and is a real collector’s piece as an example of an American wood artist’s doll.