Lizzie Lapp

Many of you already know that the Amish shun a fancy lifestyle and dress code, no rx and for that reason they were called the “plain people”. They are a community-minded religious sect that have been charaterized by their hard-working ethic. Amish children, both boys and girls, played with faceless handmade dolls, since toys were not readily available to them. The dolls were faceless and the reason being that they not be made as graven images, which is strictly forbidden in the Book of Deuteronomy. Others believe this was simply because embroidering or drawing faces was a frivolous and therefore discouraged. Early cloth doll collectors are probably very familiar with Lizzi Lapp dolls, especially if they collect the early Amish dolls. Lizzi Lapp is one of the few Amish doll makers that became known by name, since most of these dolls were made by family members for the children. Lizzi Lapp lived near Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, from 1860-1932. She had a severe speech impediment, and earned her living at home by making dolls for her community, as well as for sale to tourists. She even shipped her dolls to California in the early 1920′s.

Lizzi Lapp dolls are recognized by their hourglass shape. Most Amish dolls have long straight bodies. Hands were attached in a glove like fashion, and were mostly made with denim, as were the feet. Lizzi’s dolls wore Amish dresses but wore no bonnets. This reproduction doll has been made from an original Lizzi Lapp pattern. She looks like a very early original Lizzi doll. All early fabrics, that has aged only from the passing of time.
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6 Responses to “Lizzie Lapp”

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    Very neat, thanks for sharing the imformation:)

  2. Pear Tree Primitives Says:

    Thanks for the Lizzy Lapp lesson, that was very interesting.


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  6. Rob Says:

    Great article. Do you have any pictures of original Lizzie Lapp dolls? I was lucky enough to come across a pair made by Lizzie which were sent to California in the 1920′s, Unfortunately, information on the original dolls has managed to evade me, or I am just not looking in the right place. Anything you can share? Thanks

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