German China Head & Shoulders Doll 11 1/2 inches Circa 1870
Lovely antique china head doll w/ black painted molded hair, blush cheeks & blue eyes, fixed onto a handmade stitched cloth body. The clothing is probably the original clothing which is fragile & frayed & w/ a few holes throughout the layers.
There were many factories in Germany manufacturing doll heads for the masses from the mid 19th century until the 1st World War, with the majority for export purposes. Almost certainly this doll would originally have had a stitched body, either kid leather or calico, but this probably perished & someone made a new body & limbs for her at a later date.
Considering the age, she’s in great condition, with the exception of a few imperfections as follows: There are 2 very tiny ‘flea bites’ in the china shoulder cap, there are a few stains on her body & feet & the stitching attaching this body to the shoulder cap is coming very loose. Overall, this is a wonderful doll for the collector!