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Object Name Doll, Jig
Title Jim Crow
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
Provenance 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.
People Robinson, Agnes C.
Subjects toys
children
girls
African Americans
slaves
slavery