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Antique early papier mache Milliner's Model doll in original clothing. This is a 12.375 inch milliner's model, wearing what might be her original clothing, or at least she has been wearing it a very long time. It is a watered silk taffeta dress, possibly missing the underskirt, with a petticoat and knickers that may or may not have been added later. What I know for sure is that her leather body is in good shape. The center seam has been repaired due to threads breaking, and she has repairs to her knee. Otherwise, her original tape is present on all her wooden limbs, she has the usual paint splitting, and her ankles are cracked but stable. Her face is in fairly normal condition for this type of doll, and she has quite a wonderfully expressive face that has survived these many years.
Here are some issues to discuss: at some point in her long career, she was displayed in such a way that involved glue. There is glue residue on the back of her hair, and on the top back of her dress. I have been able to very carefully remove some of the glue on the dress, and I believe more can be removed, but I dare not touch the head, since there is a small chunk missing, and although it can be restored, I am not going to take it on. The glue was also applied to the front (how cringe-worthy) and I was able to remove it. I have added the bow, since in a stroke of good fortune, I had a piece of ribbon in my stash that I had dyed, long ago, to the very same color as her faded front.
Obviously, this lovely lady still displays very well, and her flaws will not show in your cabinet or shelf. I am offering her at a reduced price to compensate for her past mistreatment.
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Antique Milliner's Model, early papier mache doll in lovely faded dress
$250 USD SOLD
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