Description of Doll for Sale
This is a beautiful example of an antique Schoenhut wooden doll. She is 14 inches tall and is a bit of a mystery. She has a character face resembling a 100 series doll and closely resembles the Schoenhut model 109W or 110W. She has set glass or celluloid eyes instead of the wooden sleep eyes typically seen on these dolls. She also has carved teeth instead of the inset metal teeth seen on these dolls. The 109W and 110W dolls were made in the 1920's but she is on an early impressed mark body from the period of 1911 to 1917. She has wonderfully detailed inset eyes which are either glass or celluloid. The eyes on this doll are inset into the head and do not ever seem to have been able to sleep. She has an open mouth with carved teeth and an inset tongue. She has the unique Schoenhut spring jointed wooden body. The body has it's original painting. The head appears to have been restored. The pate opening appears to have been sealed and painted over. The head appears to have been professionally repainted.
The mystery in this doll is what the head represents. The set eyes and carved teeth are not typical of the normal Schoenhut sleep eye dolls. It may be an attempt to produce a cheaper version of the sleep eyed dolls or a regular sleep eyed doll that was rebuilt with different set of glass eyes. It is also likely the head was placed on an older body with the impressed mark.
She is wearing an antique / vintage dress that could be original to the doll. It is a well made outfit that is not tagged but is typical of the clothes seen on early Schoenhut dolls. The outfit consists of a dress and matching bonnet. Under the dress is a onesie in a style not typical to Schoenhut dolls. The shoes are vintage replacements. The wig is mohair is antique and may be original. In any case it is typical of the style of Schoenhut wigs.
The wooden body has the early Schoenhut impressed mark. I was not able to get a clear photo of the mark.
Condition of Doll for Sale
The Schoenhut wooden body is sound and all the joints work smoothly. There are no repairs or splits to the wood of the body. There are paint rubs on the body joints typically seen on a Schoenhut body. The hands have minor paint rubs but the feet have more paint wear. The material of the dress and bonnet is sound with no rips or repairs. There are some noticeable stains on the back of the bonnet (see back picture in the slide show). I have not cleaned the clothes. The dress and bonnet are sound enough for a very gentile cleaning. Cleaning will help the stains but I would not assume the stains can be completely removed. The onesie has some rips. The left eye has what seems to be a crack in the eye material. The eye is firmly attached and shows no sign the pieces are loose or likely to detach.
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