From my personal collection, this fabulous 15" German papier mache is a must have for a serious collector of early dolls. She took second place at the UFDC 2010 Convention in Chicago where she was up against some wonderful, early dolls. She is all original from her head to her toes. Her dress is fragile and I have never had it off of her. She has the most exquisite sewn paper shoes which have some sort of writing in script on them, and leather soles.
Her head is painted black with wispy curls and she wears an original, braided wig. Her fingers are wired and individually stitched. She has black glass eyes with beautifully painted upper and lower lashes. She has what I would call a Mona Lisa smile.
She has a rub on her nose, and a spot on her shoulder where the top layer of mache has flaked off. She also has a very old patch on her right arm and a couple of stitches are missing on that same arm. The other arm has a split in the back about an inch long along the seam. It appears to have had an old patch at one time but the patch is gone and it appears to be stable. She is not leaking sawdust.
As I mentioned, her dress is extremely fragile and the silk ribbons that embellish the dress are melting. The metallic cording and trim has also come loose in spots along the bottom of the skirt. The trim on the bodice is in very good condition for the age. Her bonnet and wig are also in excellent condition.
Please feel free to contact me with questions. I'm happy to provide additional information or photos.