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English Poured Wax Lady in Fabulous Early Quaker Costume
This 19 inch tall doll, circa the 1860s-1880s, was manufactured in England. The lady wears a Quaker Plain dress costume fashioned after the style of the late 18th or early 19th century and it appears to completely original to the doll. The doll also wears layers of white cotton and cotton flannel underclothing. The two piece dress is completed by a cape and matching bonnet, shoes, and socks. The doll has a poured wax turned shoulder head, lower arms, and lower legs. The body is cotton. The only mark on the body is the number 6 on the back. The head has a closed mouth, blue glass set eyes, molded ears, and a blonde mohair wig with strands inserted into the wax. The wig also has an original braided bun in the back of the head. I do not believe that this costume has ever been removed from the doll before I gently and carefully undressed her to check for markings and damage. For the age, the clothing is in great condition and still quite clean and sturdy. That is the only reason I dared to attempt to remove it. The white cotton body is also in excellent condition. After I redress her, I will never risk damage by removing the clothing again. I adore the gorgeous facial expression of this doll. She is truly a museum quality treasure.
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