Wax-over papier mache fashion doll. This lovely lady is very likely an early French fashion doll, circa 1850's. The early FFs were French-made kid bodies with German-made papier mache heads, and here we have the added delight of it being a waxed head, but on what is now a cloth body, with bisque arms, blushed on the tops of the hands. 21 inches tall, with a mohair wig elaborately arranged in a curly hairstyle that looks quite natural. Lovely light blue glass eyes. Wearing a costume custom made for her: burgundy silk taffeta dress, a blouse, (this functions as a chemisette) knickers and petticoat (matching trim, possibly original to her) underneath a lace puffy underskirt that functions as a crinoline. Fabulous boots! She also has earrings made from turquoise glass seed beads.
Her body has been repaired many times- demonstrating that at least one person loved her well enough to take care that she never needed fixing again! Her body has been recovered (material is stiff), her bisque arms are replacements, and her legs have multiple repairs but the lower legs are original and are in good condition. Her wax is in remarkably good condition with only a crack on the side of her left eye and across the bridge of her nose- otherwise just a few scratches here and there. The tip of her nose has been touched up- that is the only repaint I am sure of, and it's not very obvious. I think her mouth has been repainted, but I am not positive- some wax-overs had their facial painting done after their wax bath. While that most frequently results in a loss of paint to the face, occasionally we see original facial paint present and it sometimes appears quite bright. Certainly made between 1850-1860.
These dolls rarely have any markings as to manufacture. She is priced well due to her multiple repairs, and will make a wonderful addition to your wax-over collection.
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