Christmas SALE Look at this amazing 11" Antique Paper Mache Doll, often referred to as a Milliner's Model, with Covered Wagon Hairdo, a long braided horse hair (much like mourning hair jewelry) looped necklace held with an etched bar pin and Bohemian garnets set into what looks like a rose gold flower, although I can find no markings. She is dressed in what appears to be her original clothing, with a stiff net overlay to her blue skirt trimmed in lace, plus the top of her dress with deep blue trim is over what feels like some sort of rabbit fur, which can be felt more from the back side, almost like she had a little over jacket or shawl wrapped around her in the back.
Her arms and legs, up to just above her knee are wooden, and above there I can't tell if it's just tightly wrapped cloth or if it's kid. Her fingers are very primitive looking, so I can't tell if they just weren't carved for each finger the same, or if it's meant to look that way, as some look shorter. Above her elbows, there's the same kid or cloth as her legs are made from. I wouldn't dare try to take her clothes off because they look so delicate, and almost like they have been pinned to her.
Her facial features are great even to the pink blushing cheeks and colored lips, eyebrows and eyes, but you can see that the tip of her nose is flaked off, and there is crackling to her face and hair, as well as some paint flaking on her right lower arm. I don't know if her head was put together from front to back, but you can see the split there when she's turned to the side, and some of the black is gone from her hair. I am still amazed, however, as the intricate design and detail given to the painting and dressing of this doll.
She comes from the estate of a recently deceased lady whostudied at the Vogue Fashion School of Design, and this must have belonged to her mother or grandmother, probably from the late 1800's. Her husband was a Federal Judge from IL, and served in St. Louis for many years, and they retired in KY after he retired.
This wonderful milliner's model doll was found as a part of a shadowbox that someone had made through the years. Inside were two pair of antique glasses, with one being a pair of "Willson" Metal goggles, which I was told were also used for driving glasses when the first cars were open air, and the larger sides protected their eyes. There's also a 21 jewel Elgin pocket Watch, this doll, and with it was a very large black hat with a very long hatpin. I may list those other items later, so if you are interested, please check back. I wanted you to see how I found the doll presented in this old box complete with wallpaper lining and trim, but this doll is so special, she deserves a worthy home. If you are interested in the other items and I don't have them listed yet, please ask me about them. I do believe you will be thrilled to have her and preserve her for another lifetime so you can pass her down to the next generation. What a great piece of history!
I am always happy to combine purchases to save you on shipping, but she will be packed in a separate box with lots of protective packing so that she arrives in the same condition as sent. I have other dolls from this same estate, including an all bisque mignonette and another kid and bisque doll that will need some attention, plus several later dolls that belonged to their girls in the 1960's.
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