This is an Antique 19th century German China Head Doll with Black Hair and Blue Eyes wearing her original dress. She is not marked and the head appears to be on the original body with the original leather arms (flaking). The hands are great with all individual separate thin fingers. Her china head has a couple of small wear spots. Her cheeks are rosy and she has very nice facial painting. There are no cracks or chips. The body’s waist was reinforced a long time ago. Her bottom is a wonderful bulbous tush. The legs are stitched to the front of the tush so she sits very nicely. The knees are also stitched so they bend for sitting. It appears that the shoulder head has the original ties to the body. Long white knitted stockings are stitched to her, and unfortunately, she has only one great black and red leather shoe. Her cotton body fabric has aging to it as you would expect.
Her original 1840-60 hand and treadle machine stitched dress is made of fine white cotton muslin with growth pleats, cartridge pleating at the waist and wide sleeves. While it cannot be seen while on her, the front of the bodice has much vertical splitting to the fabric.There are also some small holes here and there to the skirt, and one repaired hole. She is also wearing a long cotton lace trimmed full slip, matching pantaloons, and a long white cotton petticoat with lots of horizontal growth pleats. A lovely beautiful doll.
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