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Attractive 20" ( 51cm ) 1850's era china shoulder head doll with rouged cheeks and rarer brown painted eyes, with lower painted eyelashes, separately molded upper eye lid with black eyeliner below and red highlight line above the lid. She has beautifully detailed black hair with center part, and two short curls framing the forehead with a cluster of curls covering just the top of the years and extending all the way around the back of the head and hanging to just above the neck line in back. The comb marks in the hair are well modeled and the coiffure is three dimensional. She is on an old muslin stuffed body, possibly homemade, with brown leather forearms with hands stitched to resemble fingers. The dress is a well made of three color striped satin in the 1850's style with bow sash at waist with eleven cloth tiny bows sewn down the front of the dress, each with an antique button with amber colored glass sewn on top. A lovely " country lady " with the desirable painted lashes as an added feature. ......................US$ 1,950.

 

 

 

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c216b.jpg (860804 bytes) Rare late 1850's- early 1860's wax-over papier-mâché shoulder head representing an older child in her " Sunday Finest ". This larger than average example ( 25" , 64cm ) has brown glass inset eyes, molded yellow hair pulled back over exposed ears and forming eight vertical shoulder length curls in back. The most outstanding and rarest feature of this doll is, however, her incredible reddish-brown molded hat with molded black feather on the left front side. This doll is rare in any size and to find one this big is extraordinary. Her body is gauze stuffed with excelsior, with long wooden " spoon hands " and wooden legs with painted white stockings and black painted boots with the extended lower parts made as a separate piece. The 1860 style two piece dress is made of coarse mauve silk with ecru lace and braid trim. The overall condition of the head is very good for age and type, with one minor wax chip on hat, and a few typical craze lines in the wax surface on the left cheek. As usual, there are a few old patches on the body to keep the sawdust from leaking.  A truly charming antique doll with a naive look at a very modest price of.............................US$ 950
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Charming 1850's " country girl " pink luster china head with deeply modeled hair with distinct comb marks having a center part with hair drawn back covering most of the ears and forming thirteen shoulder length vertical sausage curls in back. She has the rarer painted brown eyes with the even rare and more desirable lower painted eyelashes. In addition are outlined red nostrils , distinctly modeled eyelids with black eyeliner over the upper lid with an additional red line above that. The body is antique muslin with joints at the hips and knees, blue lower leg covering to simulate stockings , and attached black oilcloth boots with tassels. The arms are brown leather with individually stitched fingers. She is costumed in a faded red and white antique cotton striped dress and an antique dotted Swiss apron and antique cotton undergarments. There is some minor normal paint wear on the hair with some roughness at back edge of shoulder and a slight factory glazed over flake at left front shoulder edge and a black kiln dust spot on left upper eyelid but no actual damage other than these manufacturers flaws. A lovely example and moderately priced at..........US$ 1,650.
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Lovely and unusual 17" ( 43cm ) glazed porcelain shoulder head doll with late 1840's elaborate coiffure which frames the entire face with a wavy band of tight curls. The hair is tightly parted in the center with tight long braids wrapped entirely around the head culmination in a low tight bun in the low back center just above the neckline.  She represents a very young woman and has lovely blushed cheeks, blue painted eyes with black upper lid eyeliner and red highlight line above that. The lips are tightly pursed with barely the hint of a smile. The body is antique German stuffed white leather with separately stitched fingers and gusset joints at the hips and knees. The costume is pleated light green printed cotton with black cloth buttons down the front and black cloth braid and tiny black glass bead trim. The undergarments are all antique and her shoes are nice white leather side button boots but not as old as the doll. This head is sometimes referred to by collectors as a representation of a young " Queen Victoria " and is a very nice early china doll with well modeled details and almost no color loss to the black painted hair....................................US$ 1,975.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 1/2" ( 29cm ) papier-mâché shoulder head doll on narrow waist firm leather body with wooden lower arms with " spoon " hands and wooden lower legs with painted blue flat slippers, commonly known as a " milliner's model ". She has blue painted eyes and red mouth with slight smirk, center part hairstyle with nine very long thick shoulder length curls which covers the ears. This early 1850's doll is different in that the face represents an older child or very young teenager rather than the typical slightly more mature lady. The off the shoulder dress is a salmon cotton covered by a fine dotted Swiss lace net. The overall condition is basically good considering age and type with no repainting but some crazing on the shoulder with some old repair to the legs just above the paper bands which most likely have been expertly replaced. US$ 650.

 

 

 

 

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