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26" French Papier Mache Pauline Doll by Andreas Voit
I just love these dolls and have three others in my collection. Research shows these dolls had bodies made in France and heads made in Germany, likely by Andreas Voit, c 1840-1850. They have a very unique look and I feel they are a must for any early doll collection. This girl is large and very heavy. Her kid leather body is in very good shape - there is no patching or tears. There is one small hole in the leather of her right arm and the wires in her lower legs are pressing against the leather in the front, but have not broken through. I feel with careful handling, they should be fine. You can see the former pink tint only slightly near the inner thigh area. The individually stitched fingers and toes are great. She has black glass eyes with delicately painted lashes and brows. She has an open mouth with wood or cardboard upper and lower teeth. Her face and shoulder plate appear to have all of the original finish - no touch up that I can detect. Where I do think she has had some touch up, although I don't feel it's a major issue is to the black part of her head. I say this because she would have had nail holes for attaching her original wig. She had no wig when got her (which is not unusual for these dolls), but there were also no nail holes. I feel they were filled in an painted over. She is wearing antique clothing which consists of split cotton drawers and an eyelet petticoat. She also has cotton stockings and leather shoes. One stocking has the letter "M" embroidered on the top. The shoes have some damage and loss. She is wearing and antique two piece pink and white striped cotton dress with an old black sash on the waist. The dress has some alterations in the skirt to make it fit at the waist and hem, although this is not very evident when she is wearing it. I think the dress and style are appropriate for the doll. The dress is faded and has some yellowing mostly in the front. I did not attempt to clean it as I know some prefer to leave as is. She is wearing a really great antique bonnet, which may be older than she is - not sure. It is thick board covered with black satin and has beautiful flowers embroidered with what looks like silk chenille thread it is fully lined in striped fabric. I was really tempted to keep her bonnet just to display on its own. As mentioned, she did not have a wig, so I have placed a human hair wig that I made for a smaller doll under her bonnet since I think these dolls look nicer with hair. The wig is not attached in any way, just held in place by the bonnet. The light brown color is a good match for her. As I mentioned she is really heavy - weighing about 4.5 lbs without any packaging. I have estimated her shipping using parcel post vs. priority due to the weight and size of the box. I have more pictures that did not fit in the listing and can send them upon request. US shipping only-my shipping amounts are estimates until the item is packaged and destination zip code is added. I promptly refund any shipping over charges.
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