10-3/4 In Dressel-Kister China Doll, Wigged, Blue Stamped
The Dressel-Kister firm produced beautiful china heads from the late 1800's into the 1920's. Many of them were in the form of pincushion half dolls, but occasionally we are lucky enough to find one that was made specifically to be a doll. She is a shoulder head with heavily endowed modeling in the chest area. You will find the blue DK stamp under her shoulder plate as well as an incised 4422. Her long slender lower arms and lower legs are china. She has molded ankle length black boots with flat heels. This gorgeous example is unusual in that she has an open dome with a wig instead of a solid dome with molded hair. She possesses all of the wonderful features found on most Dressel-Kister dolls, lovely painted features, elongated neck and the finest and whitest bisque available during that time period. I love the square jaw appearance of this lady. Her cloth body is in nice, firm condition. She has a beautiful center part mohair wig (possibly a replacement) pulled back into long curls down her back. Her clothing is silk taffeta with a bustle and back train, and is trimmed with eyelash trim and tiny paper flowers. Her antique straw bonnet has a bit of damage on the back brim. This is a beautiful doll that comes cabinet ready just out of a wonderful collection.