This is a circa 1860s -1870s huge 9.5" tall German china doll shoulder head plus its wooden glass side case. This head has the flat top hair style and was probably made by Alt Beck & Gottschalck. The only markings is the number 14 incised inside the front of the shoulder plate. 14 would be the size number, and I believe that this is the largest size made of this model. Few of these largest china heads survive as they are heavy and so prone to being damaged when easily knocked over. This one has survived but does have a hairline that begins on the top of her left shoulder and ends at the base of the neck.
Her case is a wooden box with glass sides and a hinged lid on top. She barely fits inside this box at a slight angle. The box was not always hers, as it is amusingly stamped on the bottom "This base is the property of the North Shore Pop Corn Works Beverly, Mass. and must not be used for any other product." This box was originally a counter top display for selling popcorn in a country store.
Measurements of the doll head: 9.5" tall x 9.5" across shoulders x 5" deep at the base.
Measurements of the case: 10.5" x 10.5" x 11".
Condition: Hairline on shoulder. Hair color loss on top of her head and back of curls. A few minor kiln specks in the glaze.
A note about shipping this head and case. The head alone weighs close to 3 pounds before packaging. The case weighs a little over 6 pounds before packaging. I estimate the packed weight at 12 pounds in a box 18" square. If you do not want the case I can just ship the head without the case and save some on shipping costs. Please ask if interested in this option.
She is a big beauty and makes a wonderful display just as a head in her case, and offered at a bargain price due to the hairline.
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