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Early English Wax over Composition Doll
This 13 ½ inch tall doll, circa the 1830s-1860s, was manufactured in England. She has a wax over composition shoulder head, black glass pupilless eyes, and a blonde mohair wig. The body is cloth with black leather lower arms. The body is sturdy with some age discoloration and is most likely original except for the black leather arms. The head shows the typical cracking of the wax but appears to be quite stable. Normally this doll would be called an English slit-head but the wig on this doll is not inserted into the head. Instead, it is just attached to the solid dome head. The back of the head does not hair and would never have had any. The bald spot is covered by an old straw hat. The antique hand sewn peach silk dress is delicate with some breakage to the fabric. I would never remove the dress as I am afraid I would cause irreparable damage. I hope the future owner feels the same way. The doll also wears antique cotton and cotton batiste underclothing. I adore these early dolls as they are survivors. They have such an elegant presence all their own.
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