Germany, c 1850's-1860
This pretty doll has a bit of a more unusual face than what is normally seen. She has a wide nose and broad face with well defined temples. The eyes are lovely pale blue with well-molded lower lids. She has single stroke black eyebrows and very fine red lid lines, along with nice cheek blush and a tiny mouth. There appears to be a very pale pink tint to the shoulderhead. Her hair is in the covered wagon style with eight curls around the head. She was sold to me as being made by Conte & Boehme, but she is pictured in Mary Krombholz book titled "A Pictorial Reference Guide for German Chinas" on page 79 as being made by Kister. I admit to not being very good at identifying china head dolls, so you will have to make the determination. There is no damage at all to the china head except for a factory kiln spot on the back of the shoulders and a bit of kiln dust on her nose as well as minor wear to her hair. She has 6 sew holes and is on a lovely antique body with reddish brown leather arms in good condition. Her great 2-piece black dress is trimmed with paisley woven fabric trimming the cuffs, edge of the jacket and on the skirt. The jacket closes with tiny brass buttons. The skirt has extra fabric in the back to form a bustle and there is a deep ruffle along the hem – the clothing fits her perfectly! There is a hole on the right side of the skirt, but difficult to see with the black fabric. She is wearing old undergarments including a petticoat, chemise and pantalettes. She has cream colored stockings, but no shoes. She has really long thin feet which made it difficult to find a replacement pair. She just has a great overall look and would be an asset to any doll collection.
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