Germany, c. 1880's. Early bisque shoulderhead doll made by Alt, Beck & Gottschalk. Nice pale bisque with no damage, threaded brown glass eyes, open mouth with square teeth (one chipped) and a tiny dimple in the chin. It's hard to read the mold number without damaging the leather body. It appears to be marked 1129, but it's hard to say with complete certainty. Several years ago, I had the doll appraised by a NADDA member, who listed the doll as an ABG, mold 1159 and stated that it was an unusual mold number. The Cieslik's list both 1129 & 1159 as Simon & Halbig dolls, but if you look at 1129 & 1159 in the book Simon & Halbig Dolls, The Artful Aspect - by Jan Foulke, you can see that it is neither of these dolls. No other markings are visible. The bisque quality and decoration are the same as other ABG dolls that I've had. The doll has beautiful coloring and skillfully painted features. The kid body is in fair condition with patches at the stress points. Doll has bisque lower arms with 3 broken fingers on the left hand. There is a replaced, strawberry blond human hair wig with long spiral curls - the color goes perfectly with the doll's coloring. She is wearing old undergarments (chemise, pantaloons and half slip) all with some wear, stains and damage. Her pale pinkish-lavender dress cotton dress is antique and also goes nicely with her complexion. Shoes are "vintage" oil cloth with laces. She is a very pretty doll with fine quality bisque and decoration. US Shipping Only - prices are estimates until the doll is packaged. I refund any overpayment.
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