Just look at this lady! A relic of a bygone time, this glorious papier mache Greiner lady has held up in a way over the years that is hard to believe. She is just one of the most special papier maches, in beautiful condition, with a knowing expression that rests delicately upon her brow. A genuine Greiner lady in excellent condition, without any facial repaint as far as we can tell, this lovely girl is a stellar example of the civil war era dolls that are so iconic to collectors today. Not only is she adorned in a gorgeous costume, but she has her lovely provenance, with patent information, and a beautiful hand-done portrait of her, accompanied by a “Happy 100th Birthday” note from the Detroit Doll Collector's club, don in the 1950's! This lady is truly astounding -- she will hold a unique spot in your prized collection!
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Paper mache shoulder head. Dark tapered brows, closed mouth with painted lips and slightly upturned edges. Pale cream skin color, with painted blue eyes and painted upper lashes. Dark curly hair, partly exposing the ears. She is on a new body, with leather arms. She stands at 26” tall, an impressive size.
She is wearing a wonderful costume made of a most beautiful antique roller printed cotton; now, we are unsure whether it is a genuine antique costume, or if it is an extraordinarily-crafted newer dress, perhaps made in the 1950s, out of antique fabrics. Either way, this costume is lovely, and captures the historical essence that this girl carries. It starts off with a dark cotton dress with cream lace trim, with a nice tapered waist and shoulder drapery. Underneath goes some lovely antique fabric cream cotton underwear: full slip, half slip, and pantaloons, all matching with lace trim.
Finally, she has a beautiful little provenance in an envelope, with a hand-done drawing of the doll’s face, with the writing inside: “Happy 100th Birthday Detroit Doll Collector Club”. It also comes with a tag that reads: GREINER’S No. 8 PATENT DOLL HEADS PAT. MAR. 30, ‘58, EXT ‘72.
Marks: GREINER’S No. 8 PATENT DOLL HEADS PAT. MAR. 30, ‘58, EXT ‘72. [BACK OF PLATE]
Condition: Generally excellent! This lady has held up very well over the years. The papier mache head is extraordinary, especially with the painting: normally we see lots of crazing and rubbing of the painted features, but this lady has a beautiful color and shine to her face, and just look at those lips! She is exquisite. There is some flaking and a minor chip to the bottom front of the plate, and only the most minor of flaking here and there. The body is a new replacement, but fits her well. The costume, as stated, makes it unclear whether it is a genuine original antique costume, or whether it is a newer reproduction dress made out of antique fabrics. Either way, it is very well made, and truly carries that presentation that this lady deserves!
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*The Alluring* Papier Mache Greiner 26" c.1858 in Antique Costume with Provenance
$650 $850 SALE