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Clarissa Field of Northfield, Massachusetts, was born blind in 1765. This doll was made for her and she fancifully named it Bangwell Putt. Bangwell lacks facial features but her ten carefully constructed fingers suggest the importance of touch in Clarissa's world. Bangwell has a homespun body and is dressed in 18th century fashion, including corset. Clarissa kept Bangwell until she died in her eighties. Bangwell Putt is thought to be the oldest surviving rag doll in North America.


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Bangwell Putt rag doll

creator   Moses Field and Unidentified
date   1765-1775
location   Northfield, Massachusetts
height   15.25"
width   5.5"
depth   2.5"
process/materials   cloth
item type   Personal Items/Toy
accession #   #1885.40.07

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