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Superb 16.5" Early Civil War Papier Mache Lady With Glass Eyes, Early Poke Bonnet & Trunk C. 1855
~*-*~The Papier Mache Doll Sale of your dreams is here! If you've been considering expanding your collection with a solid investment in a rare and special doll, we are happy to introduce our March Mache sale! Whether you love papier maches because of their look or because of their long history, it is safe to say that every collection needs at least a few such dolls as they are the ancestors of most all other forms of popular collectable dolls; and with many examples in our sale being over 150 years old, and some even 200+... How many other collecting mediums allow for historical enthusiasts to purchase pieces from the Early Victorian and Georgian periods at very affordable prices? Not many! So if you've been waiting to purchase the perfect mache for your collection, the time is now with our incredible March Mache sale! Send us an email for details or information on combined purchases and search March Mache in our shop to see all of the Papier Mache dolls on sale this March!~*-*~
An exceptional example of a very elusive doll, the glass eyed 'Greiner Type' papier mache of the 1855 period is almost impossible to find... But what I have never seen before is a gem like this, in this petite size! Truly a treasure for the collector interested in outstanding early collectables, I am just in love with this beautiful petite lady! Wearing a spectacular, early cotton gown with the very special element of lace trim, and roller print, along with a spectacular full set of undergarments, I could not imagine a more perfect display costume for her. That's not even to mention her amazing thin woven straw transitional poke bonnet of the period with a silk bow. I have seen these hats alone sell for $450, and the price of these amazing papier maches, especially with glass eyes, steadily rising in the two years, so I know that I am pricing her below her top value- as a 170 year old gem such as this will only escalate in value! I have decided to offer her with our second level of gifts and guarantees because she is just so RARE- think about it, there are only so many of these glass eyed papier maches left, and they truly deserve to be on the top shelf of a discerning collector's cabinet or display. With her extra goodies and beautiful ensemble, I could not imagine a more perfect treasure to keep for years to come.
Papier mache shoulderhead on original cloth body with leather hands and feet in perfect condition, with beautiful slender waist, free of repair, stress of wear. Head has beautiful black 'Greiner' barrel curls all the way around, with black glass eyes, branching original lashes and eyebrows along with sweet cupid's bow lips, original cheek blushing and fabulous overall condition of face with minor age cracklature (to be expected on these beautiful early girls.)
She has a fabulous antique cotton printed dress with a delicate red and white base fabric, a wildly wonderful patterned panel down the front, beautiful sleeves with lace around the collar and down the center panel. Lace is very hard to find on dresses in doll size from this era; we are quite lucky with this little textile confection! Dress is a period apropriate original with beautiful contrast cotton patterned partial lining down the interior of the front. She also has a wonderful woolen morning jacket with silk detail (top button doesn't close.) Her set of undies is over the top INCREDIBLE; a wonderful chemise with fabulous bell sleeves, beautiful tucking embelished half slip with outstanding embroidered hem, amazing pair of matched pantaloons- all undergarments are absolutely original... What can we say? She's a treasure! She comes with a trunk, not to mention that amazing, impossible to find delicate straw transitional poke bonnet in her size.. How can we go wrong with this delightful young lady!
Condition: Excellent condition for her age; she does have some rubbing to the face, which is very typical for these beautiful papier maches, and upon very close inspection, we found there to be some restoration to the back of the plate and limited repaint to the face including lashes. Please feel free to contact us to discuss this in greater detail if you would like! I don't think that this detracts from her value as it has stabilized her and will ensure that she is in lovable condition for years to come. Even the Jan Foulke guide to doll values specifies that some repaint on these lovely early papier maches is acceptable. Some minor watermarking to the body, and minimal wear to the hand stitched lower arms and fingers. One finger is splitting on left hand. Yet, I honestly think that she is as mint as most of these dolls can be at this point in time! Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, we'd be happy to provide more photos of her and her lovely trousseau.
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~A Note On Our New 'Couronne' Three Tiered Rewards and Guarantee System~
Couronne, the French word for crown, has always been a term dear to my heart. I was born in Paris, French was my first language, and will always be my favorite way to talk about dolls. The circular nature and royal implication of the word 'couronne' make it an excellent adjective to describe the best of the best that we offer, here at Kathy Libraty's Antiques. As time goes on, I find it harder and harder to come across dolls of the highest and finest quality; and when I do have the pleasure of finding and subsequently offering them to my customers, expressing their growing rarity is difficult. Thus, we now have a way to do it in far fewer words than I have used in the past. Dolls of the highest excellence will now be offered in three tiers, each with an embossed tag expressing their level of merit:
~Couronne Dauphine D'Argent~ (Silver) To achieve the Dauphine level, a doll must be- shall we say, a cut above the pack. A doll at this level is exemplary, and would achieve Impériale or Royale status if not for a small flaw or two, acquired over her long life. These dolls are divine and stand out on their own. At this level, in addition to the doll purchased, the buyer receives a small gift, personalized thank you note, as well as a 5% off voucher for a future purchase.
~Couronne Royale D'Or~ (Gold) Dolls that achieve this level are rare, alluring, beautifully dressed and in very good condition. They exemplify everything that we look for in a doll and prize above others in a 100+ year old antique. At this level, our customers receive a small gift in addition to their package along with a personalized thank you note that is included with every doll we sell. A voucher for 7% off of your next purchase will be included.
~Couronne Impériale Platin~ (Platinum) The highest order of antique doll, a doll that is all original or otherwise exquisitely costumed . A doll that has an absolutely original body and without damage or compromise. With a doll at this level, we offer our customers a gift of antique doll jewelry, a luxury bonbon, personalized thank you note specifying the value and rarity of the item. Additionally, a voucher for 10% off of your next purchase from us. A receipt of your purchase for insurance purposes is also available upon request at this level, as well as in invitation to our Holiday Antique Doll High Tea at our home in and show room in Brooklyn, New York. *Insurance receipts are also available upon request for any doll at these levels.* TBS 5/17/16