I am listing this great china doll head with a curled hairdo. This is from my private collection and, since I do not want 2 examples of my dolls and I already have one with the black hair and one with the rare Cafe-a-Laite" hair color, lucky you will have a chance to own this beauty!
She is from the 1860's to 1890 period and is a variation of the "Spill Curl" china. This particular style is most often referred to as the "Curly Top". The other "Spill Curl" china example has a slightly different style to it. She is beautifully painted which I have tried to get all the best photographs of her from all around the head at different angles. There are no cracks nor chips and except for some rubs on the hair and 1 on the nose she is in perfect condition. This kind of wear is typical for china heads at their age. I know people who will take and carefully bleach out the dirt on the rubs and then I myself have had great luck in just a dab of clear finger nail polish to cover the rub after it has been cleaned.
The last 3 photos I set her against a white background so you can get the effect of the delicate all over pink tinting to the head.
I attribute her to the ABG factory. I say this because I do not want to say she IS an ABG as only those marked heads can be identified for sure from which ever factory. I attribute her because I have collected China Dolls since 1965 and I also gave over plenty examples for Mary Krombholz's book on the Parian Dolls. You can verify this by looking in her book; Identifying German Parian Dolls. Where ever you see the caption, "Olson/Nelson Collection", that is my doll. China and Parian dolls are my specialty and the only thing that I would question about this head is the red line in the mouth is not as distinct as most ABG doll heads of this period and there are no white dots for the eyes. Still that is a minor point so I am going to stick with my judgement that I attribute her to ABG.
The head is a great 4 1/8" tall and would make up to a wonderful 14" or 15" doll. Perfect size to fit into your collection. With this I will include free shipping anywhere in the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. Outside of the US would have to be negotiated. I still have to list shipping in there as this blasted computer service does not let me place free shipping so after any offers I can go in and delete the shipping charges before I send you a final cost bill. Please email me any questions you might have about her. I have had her in the collection for over 30 years now so I know her authenticity.
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