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American Heritage Dolls

"The Steamboat Captain"

Old Man River Collection

The Steamboat Captain Doll is the first character doll of the Old Man River Collection. Inspired by an actual steamboat captain that paddled down the Mississippi River in years gone by. The Steamboat Captain Doll stands 18 inches in height and is standing on a hand-crafted wooden stand designed by Brian Bernard. Brian's idea was to duplicate the hand rails of the Steamboats that churned the muddy waters of the Mighty Mississippi. He is dressed in a black woolen pea coat jacket, white turtleneck sweater and wool black pants. He wears a handmade captains hat. JoAnn's unique body design allows The Steamboat Captain to be positioned in various ways by bending his arms at the elbow joints. This feature adds to the lifelike quality of the piece. Accompanying the character doll is a booklet and display card designed by JoAnn to include; the number of the piece, the inspirational sketch, a short bio, and a story about the character. All clay pieces are limited editions of 500. A numbered and signed Certificate of Authenticity is also provided with the character doll.

American Heritage Dolls

"Steamboat Captain"

Old Man River

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Sample Booklet

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Clicking of the sample booklet cover (above) will bring you to the story page for this character doll.  The previous and next buttons below photo will surf you through the large doll photo pages. Clicking of the Back button will bring you back to the Louisiana Heritage Doll page. Clicking any of the icons in the menu options row below will bring you to that particular destination.

ŠJo Ann Bernard

Louisiana Heritage Doll Collection

An original clay doll collection, for the doll collecting enthusiast

Original Dolls recreating Louisiana Life in the 1800's.  Learn about Louisiana Culture through this American Heritage Doll collection inspired by sketches, photographs and stories of the 1800's.  These lifelike handmade dolls have attached booklets and display cards with short historical essays about the character.  All dolls are reproduced in clay using JoAnn Bernard's plaster molds developed from her original doll designs. Doll wigs, clothing, dress designs, and props are all handmade by the artist.

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