|Object Name||Doll, Jig|
|Catalog Number||0985.13.00502, a|
|Description||Doll (.502): a "paddle dancer" figure. The figure is a Negro male attached to a wood paddle (.502a), which when bounced causes the doll to "dance." The doll is carved of wood with a pin-jointed body. A wire hook holds him to the paddle, which is attached to a blue board with a white knob. Paddle is marked, "Patented December 1, 1863" in an oval.|
|Material||wood; porcelain; metal|
|Dimensions||H-11 W-15 inches|
|Owned||Agnes C. Robinson|
|Made||Creator unknown, Confederate|
The dancing doll was made by a Confederate solder in camp in Virginia. He whittled it in camp from a stick. After the war, the doll was patented and sold as a "Jim Crow" doll.
Based upon patent marking, this is not believed to be the prototype made by a soldier in camp.
Robinson, Agnes C.