This historical wax-over-paper mache lady doll dating from the 1850s is a wonderful example of early dolls; with a sweet, elegant face, this girl looks on with a set of original brown glass sleep eyes with wax upper lids. The eyes sleep when the wire that extends from her side torso is moved up and down to open the eyes. She has her original affixed human hair wig inserted in a slit on top of her head forming a natural center part with original pencil curl styling. She has a cloth body, standing at 18” tall, and is adorned in an all original costume, with the exception of a vintage straw hat. While she does have some age-related wear issues to the wax head that is generally expected from wax dolls of over 150 years old, she is a lovely example of these early wax ladies. Snatch her up now, and add this beauty to your collection!
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She has a wax over paper mache head, in the shoulder-plate style typical of these early dolls. She has her original glass brown eyes, with wax upper lids, with tapered painted brown brows, and a petite closed mouth with blushed lips, and a little cute nose. The glass eyes sleep by moving the wire lever on her left side. She has her original affixed brown human hair wig, coming down in bountiful original banana curls to her shoulders, in a middle-part style. She stands at 18” tall, on her original antique cloth body, with separate thumbs, and stitch-indicated fingers.
She wears an all-original antique costume, with the exception of a more-recent vintage straw hat, with a wide brim and salmon ribbon. She wears an antique dotted swiss white cotton ensemble, with top and matching skirt, and lace edging (some wear). Underneath goes two original antique white cotton half slips, and a white cotton antique full slip, and she wears a pair of sewn-on white cotton lace-trimmed pantaloons, with her original antique brown leather brown booties with laces.
CONDITION: Generally good, in condition typical for wax dolls. The wax layer on top of the paper mache has moderate to extreme levels of crazing, particularly in the face and there is a repaired portion on the very front of the plate, where it appears a piece that was broken off was reattached. A condition like this is not particularly uncommon for antique wax dolls, as they tend to suffer the most over the many years due to age, as opposed to sturdier bisque or china. Still, in many ways, this is part of the charm of these very early dolls, and it’s amazing to find them in the first place to appreciate their particular spot in antique doll history. This lady has well-set eyes with the original wire lever which causes the lids to shut when pushed up from the torso, with good alignment, and her wig is still full and intact, with nice original curls. The cloth body has moderate age wear, with some discoloration and seam separations, but an overall sturdy construction, with no major patchwork repair or reinforcement. The shoes and pantaloon legs are affixed to the doll, and we did not want to remove them for worry of damaging their fragile construction. The rest of the costume is very good, with only minor age wear. Overall, she’s a lovely lady, with some age wear that is to be expected.
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Early All Original Antique Wax-Over Paper Mache Child With Unique Wire-Lever Sleep Eyes c.1855