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Description of Doll for Sale
This is a nice example of an antique china head doll made in Germany by Alt Beck and Gottschalk. It is their mold 1000 which is often referred to a "Highland Mary" She has molded blond hair and was made in the 1860's to 1870's. She is on a well made replacement body with replaced China hands and feet. The body is expertly made and the fancy shoes point to a professional restorer like Emma Clear's Humpty Dumpty Doll Hospital. I was not able to take dress off to see if the body was marked. The fancy boots are certainly something I would expect from Emma clear or her successors from the late 1940's.
The dress and underwear is antique and is likely original to the doll. They depict a Norwegian Hardanger folk dress. She has a wonderful linen apron with openwork lace in the material. The lace is hand made by plucking out the warp and woof of the fabric and wrapping more thread to make the patterns and the large crosses. Under the dress is a slip with matching bloomers. I have added an antique mob cap. It is not part of the Hardanger costume but is appropriate for the era and protects the head from clinking around and getting chipped. There are some breaks in the openwork lace of the apron mainly around the large crosses in the middle of the apron. I have included a close up that shows some of the breaks. Other than these breaks the rest of the fabric in the dress and underwear is clean and sound
Highland Mary is 24 inches tall. :
Condition of Doll for Sale
The china head, hands and feet are perfect with no chips, cracks, rubs or repaint. The cloth body is sound with no foxing or repairs. The antique clothes are in good shape with no foxing, stains, rips or repairs.
The doll may have wear and flaws seen in used dolls. I try to describe significant flaws in my text and show them in picture. Read the text and examine the pictures to be sure you understand the dolls condition. If you have questions please email me.
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