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12" Sonneberg Taufling or Motschmann Baby
Germany, c. 1850's This is a sweet, small sized papier-mache baby with floating joints has a working bellows squeaker in the tummy! I love the look of these very early baby dolls, and this one has been in a cradle in my doll room for some time. (The cradle and bedding will be listed separately). The arms and legs seem to be composition but could be wood. Head, hands, feet shoulders and hips are composition. The baby has black glass eyes and is wearing antique, but not original dress and bonnet. The dress is really beautiful and is perfect for the doll (total length with the gown is 20"). The baby has some condition issues which are largely invisible when clothed. First, there is some typical wear to the finish on the head as well as the rest of the body - but no repaint. There is a nose rub and wear to the mouth paint and eyebrows. There are some tiny chips to the fingers and toes, but nothing major and the original cloth is present on the arms and legs. The biggest issue is the mid-section. The original cloth is gone, although the original stuffing seems to be intact. There is breakage to the chest and hip sections along the edges where they would be attached to the cloth (mostly in the back, but some in the front from what I can detect. Whoever had it prior to me did the repair by glueing cloth patches to the upper and lower body pieces. It's not attractive, but it works. I left as is since I didn't have a better plan, and as mentioned this doesn't show at all when dressed. Nice sized baby would be good on its own, or being held by a larger early doll.
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