Monthly Archives: October 2013

Mohair Monkey and Brown Woolen Fabric Monkey

A brown woolen and a mohair monkey, Circa 1900-1920, playing with pig foot stool from Westminster, Maryland.
A brown woolen and a mohair monkey, Circa 1900-1920, playing with pig foot stool from Westminster, Maryland.

Mohair Monkey

More than likely this irresistible fellow was made for a little boy. Who could resist the charms of this honey brown mohair monkey, with an ear- to -ear grin, shiny black button eyes, funny ears and extra long curled tail.

The head is stitched to a torso constructed from four pieces of mohair. A face mask was cut from cotton fabric and satin stitched to the mohair head. Decorative satin stitching was popular with needle workers during the 1st quarter of the 20th century.  The arms, legs and tail are two-piece construction, and are hand stitched to the body.  His ears are lined with black sateen cotton.

  • Maker:  Unknown.
  • Origin:  Pennsylvania.
  • Circa:  1905-1920.
  • Materials: Mohair with an applied and embroidered cloth face.
  • Size:  17” H.

Brown Woolen Fabric Monkey

Beware, these monkeys come armed with personality plus. They are totally irresistible.

  • Maker: Mrs. Martin
  • Origin: Maugansville, Maryland.
  • Circa: 1900.
  • Materials: Tobacco brown woolen fabric and cotton hat and pants.
  • Provenance: Purchased at Mrs. Martins’ estate sale. She was an Old Order Mennonite.