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Some dolls just radiate love, as if the energy of all the hearts that have held them dear glows around them like a halo. One such beloved lady is this papier-mâché darling! Her painted blue eyes and delicate, pink-cheeked face bear an expression of loving trust, framed by molded black hair smoothly drawn back into ringlets behind her ears. A cotton dress printed with pink flowers and cut in a fashionable silhouette has remained with her all these years, as has the straw hat that's shaded her complexion for over a century. How can anyone resist that sweet, wistful, loving face staring up at them?
Papier mache girls don’t often come to us in such good shape as this! Her all original condition will provide historical import to any collection focusing on the mid 19th century. Her original painted features are still quite apparent— a good indication of particular care by the original manufacturer. And though she has been through a lot in her 175 years apparent in her facial crazing and wear, she still retains much of her original charm. An important piece of doll history to populate any collection of early paper mache dolls!!
This girl has a papier mache shoulder head with delicate cobalt blue painted eyes with painted brows and cheek blush. She is on a beautiful cloth body with her original leather arms and mitten hands. Her sewn cloth feet are made to look like she’s wearing brown boots which match delightfully with her all original cotton ensemble.
Her beautiful original costume is in the “enfantine bell” silhouette. An open neckline on her pink and white floral print original dress is made slightly more modest by a sheer cotton and net wrap which matches the finish on her sleeves. Underneath she has her original half slip gathered to support the shape of the dress and her original long pantaloons, a typical child style for her period. Her original hat tops her molded black hair.
Condition: Absolutely no repaint/retouch to cheeks/blush, eyes, brows, or mouth! She does have restoration to her plate and small areas of her head around the forehead and temples. The tip of her nose was filled and retouched. The restoration was as minimal as possible and matches the rest of her condition fairly well. There is some typical cracking and crazing to the papier mache, but she is in good to fair condition for her age. Her cloth body is also in wonderful shape for her age, with very little soiling to the original mitten leather hands and a good sturdiness to the leather of the hands. There are some signs of age and wear on the body but it is in sturdy structural condition.
The costume was repaired using fabric from its own hem. It is in good condition otherwise and presents very well. Please examine all photos, as they are an integral part of the description.
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LBA 11/7/17 CVN00XX001XX00
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13.5” All Original Covered Wagon Antique German Papier Mache Doll C. 1850-60
$775 USD SOLD
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