I received the following question by email, and thought it would be interesting to write about here for others to read about.
This is interesting to read, and a great question, but I'm not sure I have definitive answers. Most of the dolls I've seen have cloth hands, with stitching to indicate fingers, and an applied thumb. Some of them could have had paste applied to the hands, perhaps. Here are pictures of hands which have been posted here before, for you to look at and think about this question. What do you think?Susan Hedrick, in her article in "Soft Dolls and Animals," clearly says, "Molded hands..." and "all but the upper arms and upper legs appear to have been made in the pressed method..." Can this be true?