This is a 1983 boy doll by Robert Raikes. He is twenty-one inches tall and is absolutely mint. His head and shoulder plate, lower arms and hands are wooden, hand carved by Mr. Raikes. He is marked on his shoulder plate: B72 Raikes // 83.
The face and hair are wooden and hand painted. The eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows are also painted, as is the mouth. The hair is dark brown and the eyes are a crayola-crayon "tumbleweed" color. The mouth is a rosy pink.
The body, upper arms and legs and feet are made of cloth and stuffed. His wife worked alongside him, making the bodies and the clothes for each doll he carved.
This boy has a hang tag attached to his right arm. On one side it reads: Hand Carved // and // Crafted Dolls // From The Hands // And Imaginations of // Bob and Carol Raikes // Post Office Box 82 // Mt. Shasta, CA 96067 // (916) 926-5607.
The other side of the tag contradicts itself. In black ink is written, at the bottom, B72 on the left side, and Brent on the right side. Apparently, this tag was not the tag that should have been put on this doll, since these markings have been written over a number that is unreadable and Brent is printed over what looks like "Wesley." To further complicate things, the picture of the doll happens to be the outline of a girl doll and two prices have been written over. It looks as if the price was $310.
Brent, as we will call him,is wearing a brown and white striped long-sleeved shirt, over which he wears a tan knitted sleeveless sweater. His dark brown wool-like tweedy pants come just below his knees and fasten there with a snap, although there is a little wood button there too. He wears quite long white stockings, which go up under his pant legs, and white and black saddle shoes.
This hand carved wooden doll is a treasure, as Robert Raikes did not make nearly as many boy dolls as he did girl dolls and this is one of the early ones. The doll, as I mentioned earlier, is mint, is handsome, is well dressed and extremely clean, with no odors. He has been stored for many years, first as part of a well-loved collection. Since the estate sale, in 2006, he has been stored here in my home in a heat controlled room, with no light.
Brent will make a wonderful addition to your doll collection.
Thank you for looking!