For the collector who seeks out the dolls that are above and beyond- this incredibly pristine lady is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own an un-disturbed slice of history. If you insist upon excellence, quality, and un-compromised beauty, this magical lady is everything that you could ever dream of in a china lady. In her extraordinarily mint, all original, printed silk ball gown that is constructed mostly by hand, and with every original layer of undergarment just so, this doll is an investment that is worth three times what I am asking for her, in my opinion- as a doll of this caliber, of this excellence, just does not come along very frequently. I have never seen another AUTHENTIC 1860 era silk ball gown on a doll in this condition before, so I know that a collector who sees and appreciates the unparalleled historical value of this find will be beyond delighted with her. And her beauty is... well, dreamy. The photographs cannot capture the sweet, expressive face- she looks as though she was just nibbling the corner of her lip before accepting an invitation to dance from a dapper gentleman. The history and story of this doll is second to none and I know that she will be an heirloom piece.
She has a mint porcelain china head on her all original cloth body with original oilcloth black shoes and leather hands with stitch indicated fingers. Her beautiful china head is as close to mint as I have ever seen, with only the tiniest two spots of wear to the very back of her hair (not noticeable unless you go looking for it.) Super rare molded bosom and exquisite painting of facial features including big violet/blue eyes with heavy lids and painted brows with sweet heart shaped lips with dark center line. Excellent rendering of hair with beautiful curls pulling back off of her face and parted bangs. That dramatic, beautifully molded shoulder-neckline underscores how much these early dolls walk the line between art and industrial toy as she has an unreal sense of artfulness woven into every element of her construction.
The costume is, as I mentioned before, unbelievably pristine. A hand and machine sewn ball gown from the 1860 era, the material of this particular gown is very special as it was a terrible challenge to find silks with patterns scaled to dolls! The petite triangles that decorate the gown sometimes look like hearts. Beautiful hand crocheted lace trim, completed by a velvet band around the hem line. The top is fully lined. Underneath she has her full suite of all original undergarments including; a ball ready extra fancy half slip with OUTSTANDING embroidery and eyelet cutout work (this piece sells on the retail market alone for $200) with another more simple half slip underneath to add volume, a beautiful chemise top and a sweet pair of pantaloons. All of this coming together to comprise the outfit of an outstanding doll that we know will be gone soon because of her stunning presentation.
Condition. Excellent. There is not one flaw to mention here. Everything is just as it should be. The tiniest bit of overall wear to hands and back of hair that no antique is free from. We know that you understand how incredibly uncommon it is to find a doll from the 1860 period in this incredible shape in her original costume with that dreamy expression, and all that we can say is that she will make her new owner incredibly happy. I am honored to even have such a gem standing beside me at my desk just now, knowing all she has seen and lived through, and yet remains virtually untouched by!
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