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German Kling Bisque Parian Head Doll with Fancy Decorated Shoulder Plate
This 16 inch tall doll has a 4 inch tall bisque head manufactured, circa the 1860s, in Germany by Kling & Company. The doll has molded and painted hair, facial features, and ears and could represent a young man or a young lady depending on the clothing chosen. The fancy decorated shoulder plate has a white molded shirt and collar with a blue and gilt decorated tie. The German gusseted body is kid leather and cloth with bisque lower arms. It is relatively sturdy with a few repaired areas. The right bisque arm has an old hairline crack and the left hand is missing the tip of the thumb. The head shows some black speckling on left check and the shoulder plate has a crack in left side and back. This is mostly hidden by the kid body and could easily be covered the costume. I believe my photos show the condition issues. While this Kling creation does have some damage, with some love from a new owner, this could see be a lovely early addition to any antique doll collection.
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