Cultural Objects, Folk Art

Brick Doll Furniture

Maker/Creator: Hines Sutphin
Willis (Burks Fork District)


  • Settee length: 8 inches
  • Settee width: 2 1/4 inches
  • Settee height: 3 5/8 inches
  • Chair length: 4 3/8 inches
  • Chair width: 2  1/4 inches
  • Chair height: 3 3/4 inches

This set of doll furniture is carved from bricks. Both the chair and settee have rounded corners on the arms and bottoms curved to form feet. A diamond pattern has been scratched into the surface of both pieces. The chair has a blackened edge and a chunk of the back center section of the settee is missing.

Doll furniture, brick carving
Bio Sketch

Silas Hines Sutphin (1880-1966) was the son of Eli and Sarah Ann Martin Sutphin. He was born in Floyd County but his family moved to Macoupin County, Illinois when he was a child. There he found work as a teamster, as a laborer for a truck farm, and later as a laborer in a brickyard. This set of doll furniture was made for two great-nieces Helen and Ruth Sutphin whose family lived on a farm in the Greasy Creek community near Willis.