Antique early composition Doll with unique cloth body, 10.75 inches tall. I believe this is an early pressed papier mache or carton doll, with molded hair that is made of another substance, possibly papier mache pulp mixed with brick dust. It is possible this is formed over wood and then pressed. Her lower arms and legs are possibly carved from wood and also heavily coated with one of the many substances used as an upper coating for early wooden and papier mache dolls. I have a couple other of these dolls in my possession and they all have similar facial painting. This one has metal loops as earrings. She has such a delightful body that there is no question of needing to clothe her. Her upper arms are simply a piece of the body fabric folded over, no seam. She has tiny feet with flat painted slippers with a repair to her left ankle. Keeping in mind that she is likely made before 1850, she is in very good condition with some chipping to the paint , yellowing to the varnish that seems to have been applied to the flesh colored areas only and to my eye, a wonderful crackled patina. Her body is made from a striped twill or canvas that is a fortuitous use of fabric available to a worker in a cottage industry. These are not commonly found and are precursors to what we recognize as papier mache dolls.