They came in a variety of sizes, from a 2-inch model used as part of a souvenir mailer to a 36-inch size that is very hard to find. Luckily for us, Skookum dolls were produced for almost 50 years and many have survived, giving us a good supply to choose from in a variety of styles, sizes and price range. No out of country non-U. Between 1917 and 1949, the skookum dolls were mass-produced. Skookums do not have arms but they are wrapped in a Native American style blanket, giving the idea the doll has folded arms.
The look of the Skookum doll, however, is very distinctive, and this makes them easy to identify. One method of determining the production date of the dolls is by studying the footwear. If for any reason the Buyer fails to remove any of the merchandise purchased within the time specified, the Auction Co. She had difficulty processing large numbers of apples, as excessive moisture led to rotting. From French Fashion, to Barbie, most dolls clothing was intended to be changed and accessorized. The names were often interchanged and assumptions were made based on previous findings, resulting in misinformation and confusion.
Doing so means you are either insulting them, do not believe them, or are trying to capture their soul. There are other meanings of the word Skookum, such as, mighty, brave, tough, powerful, strong, good, etc. Tammen Company of Denver Colorado and were distributed by them using the Tammen label in Denver, Los Angeles and New York. Bodies were built from an oblong stick of wood covered with a beacon blanket. Some are certainly harder to come by than others, but rare? As interest in them continues to grow, so do prices paid for them, particularly for hard to find examples. Rarity and condition, as much as supply and demand, are the driving forces behind a dolls price. Any Bidder who is not in good standing with the Auction Co.
The example owned by K. History of the earliest Skookum dolls were made with dried apple heads on a wood frame body, dressed and wrapped in an Indian blanket. The examples below are references for the design and content of the label only. Phone Bidder Absentee Bids are a verbal or written request to the Auction Co. With the World Wide Web, the search for dolls became global. All payments must be in U. Please examine my photos as they are an important part of the description, and feel free to ask questions before bidding.
Later that year, Mary McAboy began to market apple head dolls dressed in Indian costumes, and achieved rapid commercial success. These dolls were mainly produced from 1914 until 1962, this particular Skookum Doll has a composite head, attributing it to circa 1940 onward. These came to be known as Skookum dolls. Details in the catalog are opinion and are written as an aid to potential bidders. The cookie settings on this website are set to 'allow all cookies' to give you the very best experience.
Bidders wishing to participate in the Live Internet Bidding event must first register to bid on any of the available hosted platforms in advance including all details of payment. Once the bidder has filled out the Phone Bidder Request Form completely the auction company will then send the bidder the Telephone Bidder Terms of Service Document. I have a Skookum doll. In the case of a disputed bid, the Auction Co. This does not include dolls that have been recently altered to include newly made accessories. Bidders then must sign into the hosted internet bidding website in advance to the auction and within 30 minutes of the auction event starting time open the Live Bidding window. New headdresses, holes drilled for cigarettes, or heads switched from one doll to another may dress up a dolls appearance to some eyes, but these are fantasy creations.
For example, the earliest dolls from around 1913 had mocasins made of leather. In use 1920s into early 1930s. Prior to the Internet, location played a significant role in a Skookum dolls value. Description Vintage Skookum doll is a beautiful and rare little gem! The Skookum apple packers of Wanatchee Washington went to great lengths to advertise their Skookum Apples with ads in national magazines and newspapers. As discussed in our other feature article in this issue of SkookumNews, , the word Skookum attained great popularity in the late teens and early 20s. Once the bidder has successful registered for our auction event and has been approved to bid by the Auction Co.
The doll is in overall good condition. Len Wood's Indian Territory: Gallery of Antique American Indian Art. The patent was granted February 17,1914 and from that day forward, Skookum Indian dolls were labeled. Live onsite bidding is the most reliable and successful way to bid at our auction. This label may or may not include U. In use into the 1960s when production of the dolls ended. I try to ship within 1 business day of receipt of payment.
Many labels were lost over the years as the glue that held them became brittle and dried out. Buying less than perfect dolls can be a way to add dolls to your collection that otherwise may not fit into your budget. These early Skookum dolls are in poor condition. Learning what a Skookum doll should look like and familiarizing yourself with materials used in their production will help you to make good choices. But when it comes to market value, there are several contributing factors to determine a dolls worth.
Reputable dealers who are knowledgeable about Skookum dolls should be able to provide you with information when you are purchasing a doll. Telephone bidders also understand that any bid the representative places on behalf of the bidder is a guarantee of purchase and that the bidder agrees to purchase any items won on behalf of the Auction Co. In use teens into 1920s. Dear Helaine and Joe: My father bought this doll for my mother when he was in the Army in 1943 at Camp Fallon, Texas. Logo includes sun symbol. Bidders understand and acknowledge that the Auction Co.