"EDITH" was made by the Hertwig Company in the late 1800s or early 1900s. She has a low brow china head with a jointed leather body and bisque arms and hands. I cannot determine the age of her leather body but it is quite remarkably made. She has button joints at her hips allowing her legs to swing independently as well as joints at her elbows that allow her to move her arms at the elbow. She also has sewn joints at her knees (see photos).
Edith is part of the "Pet Name" china head doll series produced at the turn of the century. She has a black, low-brow hairstyle with lovely painted features. Her eyes are blue, her eye brows are black, her cheeks and lips are a rosy pink. She has some light wear to her black hair on the back and above her left eye (see photos). Her name plate has a gold hand painted raised collar and bow as well as the lettering of her name. A lot of the gold has worn off.
This antique doll is wearing a red and white pin striped dress with a lace pinafore over it. This outfit is newer and is machine sewn. There is white binding with bows on the sleeves and an embroidered four leaf clover on the collar. The dress snaps in front with metal snaps and has some horizontal tucks at the bottom. The pinafore is a beautiful white eyelet material with ruffles at the shoulders, lace on the hem and ties in the back. Edith is wearing a white, full length, two-legged slip made out of floral eyelet material with a scalloped edge at the hem. Her feet have kid leather "boots" that are a beige color and glued on.
This amazing doll is in fabulous condition. The leather is intact and all the joints are working. Her clothing is clean and her bisque arms have no damage or crazing. Edith stands approximately 16 inches tall and would love to come to your house to play.
A delightful antique doll worthy of any doll collector's cabinet.
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