This superbly crafted, early celluloid doll is beautifully crafted and has a mark on the back of her head/neck that I can not distinguish. From researching her type, she dates somewhere between the 1880s and 1906. She may be a French Valmore (Circa 1880s) or a German made by Otto Dressel, Kammer & Reinhart, Kestner, (or others that made this type to the early 20th Century. By 1903 they advertised a beautiful ‘bisque’ finish on the face and this doll has the bisque look with hand painted features.
The body is all celluloid, joined just above the elbows and at the knees. The feet are pinned to the wooden base. Her costume is lovely, layered, with wonderful lace and trim. Her shawl is sewn to her dress which is sewn to her body. We have not disturbed her costume to find any other marks due to the damage to her originality. She is in lovely original condition with some age peeling to the finish enameling on one high heeled shoe. Her hair is white and human. Her headdress is high with fine lace and blue silk headdress. Her face is full of character, a superb antique doll in amazing condition, measuring 12 inches, 13 inches including the wooden base.
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