Fabulous early tinted bisque lady doll referred to as a parian-type doll with molded and decorated hairstyle and shoulder plate. Circa 1860 - 1870, 20" tall with 5-1/2" shoulder head. This portrait head is considered to be a likeness of the Empress Augusta Victoria, who was the wife of Kaiser Wilhelm II, grandson of Queen Victoria. It is also referred to by collectors as "German Iron Cross". The head was manufactured by the Alt, Beck & Gottschalck Porcelain Factory.
The head is finely modeled and beautifully decorated with molded necklace and cross pendant painted black and trimmed with gold edging. The molded blouse has a ruffled collar and gathered yoke with blue trim. A molded headband with black raised beads holds the elaborate hairstyle in place. The fully exposed ears are pierced and have heart-shaped based with pearl centers. The facial features are beautifully painted with shaded blue eyes, black lash lines, red lid lines, accented nostrils and eye corners, and darker separating line between the lips. The cheeks are nicely blushed and she has dark blonde brows to match her hair.
The cloth body with beautiful, highest quality parian lower arms and legs is in excellent condition with no damage or repair.
The doll is beautifully costumed in an elegant vintage hand beaded gown that fits her like a glove. There are no tears or condition issues other than a few very faint spots. She has layers of beautifully lace-trimmed undergarments and an early pair of split crotch pantaloons.
Condition: Excellent: No chips, cracks, or repairs to the head or limbs. No patching to the body, and very, very light wear to a couple of high spots on the hair and edges of the boots.
Book Value page 239 of Twelfth Edition Doll Values by Linda Edward, is $1,800.
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