Over 160 years of beauty! I just love these early dolls. This is the type of German paper mache dolls that 20th century doll collectors dubbed "milliner's models." This genre of doll was available from the 1820s through the 1860s, this example's hairstyle is from the 1850s. She as blue painted eyes. Her wooden lower legs have yellow painted shoes (same shade as the remnants of the yellow silk ribbons on her dress), she has wooden lower arms, and a cloth body. Her costume though fragile is original, which as you know is getting harder and harder to get on these early dolls. It is a girl's dress with pantalets showing below the skirt.
Maker: unknown German
Condition: I have not undressed her due to the fragility of her outfit. There are slight surface cracks on her shoulderplate, usual surface soil on painted head and a few paint rubs, nothing to drastic but take a look at the photos to see for yourself. Wooden arm has some cracks that do not seem to go through. Costume is shredding in front, as is the silk ribbon sash but I would not change it if I could keep her. Unfortunately, as my husband likes to remind me, I can't keep every doll I buy so she will be given over to someone else's care.
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