Germany, c. 1850's
I love this mold! The painting of the features is so consistent in any size I've seen. I love the squarer shape of the face, the wide nose and wide heart shaped mouth. The brows on these are interesting as well – always dark with a gray outline. She has a nice pink tint and six sew holes. This is a large head of thick pressed porcelain (about 5.5" tall). There are no cracks but there is a roughness on the back edge done in the making, along with some kiln lines under the curls in the back also done in the making. She has some typical wear to the paint mostly in the hair and a bit on the brows and there are areas of kiln dust throughout the head. She is on an interesting hand sewn body that I think is original to the doll. It has many seams and gussets and feels as though it is stuffed with excelsior or something similar. I can sympathize with her slightly fuller waist. The cloth arms have tiny white leather hands (the right hand is damaged, but could possibly be stitched). She is wearing 3 pieces of matching undergarments, all hand sewn and I think they are also original to her. When I got her, the head was loose, so I've re-attached it. She also had her original dress (black printed silk), which was completely disintegrated. I came across this 2 piece dress of blue printed calico with red trim. It fits fairly well and her body is odd, so I was happy to find it. The coloring looks great on her as well with her blue eyes and red lips. She came with no shoes or socks. This style of hair is often referred to as covered wagon, and with the dress she looks as though she may have been on the wagon trail. She's a sweet and lovely doll with old world charm.
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