Important 21" Antique American Lerch & Klag Papier Mache Doll TLC

This is an historically important 21" tall antique American made papier mache shoulder head doll by Lerch & Klag of Philadelphia. She is missing her label in back but has been identified by comparison to other known dolls. Unfortunately this lady is in need of restoration. She has suffered a terrible accident to the back of her head, and the entire back of the hair needs to be rebuilt. She has also had the black of the hair and facial features repainted. Fortunately the skin tone areas were not repainted. Also fortunately her wonderful cloth body has remained with her. The body has a manufacturer's stamp on the front E. A. Fox. so far I haven't been able to discover any information on this name.

Condition is as noted, with repainting to head and restoration needed to back of hair. In the view of the shoulder head showing the doll's left side there is a section of the back of the head that is loose, and but is shown in place. The body is in overall good condition, missing only a rosette on on cloth show, and having a patch on one hand.

I am thinning out my overflowing project bin. I haven't had time to pay proper attention to this doll, but she is definitely worthy. In my opinion the repainting over the eyes especially is removable. fix her up and you will have something very special and rare. A great winter project sure to be its own reward. The body alone is worth the price, but for historic and research reasons I would advise not separating the head from the body.

Item ID: J13pm113

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