Description of Handwerck Doll for Sale
This is a stunning example of an antique bisque head doll made in Germany by Heinrich Handwerck. The doll is their 109 mold and is 32 inches tall. The doll was made in the late 1890's to early 1900's. The head for this doll was fired by Simon Halbig based on a design master from Heinrich Handwerck. In the early 1900's Simon Halbig started adding their name to the heads they fired for Heinrich Handwerk. The fact that it is missing from this head confirms the early date for this doll.
The doll is wearing a long baby's christening gown. The gown is antique and is very well made of the finest material. The bottom 4-6 inches of the gown has an overall yellow discoloration probably from water contact. The fabric is sound and it is likely a gentle cleaning will remove the discoloration and brighten up the entire gown. There are also some small dark rust stains on the bottom of the gown. I can't guarantee these will wash out. She is wearing a new synthetic wig. She has a pair of antique French leather shoes with silk rosettes and vintage replacement crocheted socks. The shoes are in good condition with no splits.
The head is marked as follows:
109 15 // DEP //Germany // Heinrich Handwerck // 6
The body has a red stamp as follows:
Heinrich Handwerck // Germany // 6 1/4
Condition of Doll for Sale
The bisque head is perfect with no chips, cracks, rubs or repaint. The wax on the sleep eyes is intact but it has darkened some. The body has its original finish with it's original red-line details. The composition finish has no chips, crazing, repairs or repaint. The paint finish has some tight cracks mainly on the arms and the ankle.
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