The turned-head closed-mouth dolls by Alt Beck & Gottschalk are a staple feature in every German doll collection, with their serene faces, elegant presentation, and vibrant eyes. And this rare 870 example is a real find; coming in her original box and wearing her original dress and shoes. She has a beautiful pale complexion, with bright cornflower blue paperweight eyes, a demure closed mouth and painted and molded features. Her lovely blond French human hair wig in scrumptious banana curls is a later addition and her superb antique navy hat with red trim
is exquisite. She is on her original antique kidskin body, with bisque lower arms. In very good overall condition, she’s bound to please! Add her to your collection now!
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She has a bisque shoulder-head, with a turned-head style of modeling, with painted and molded features. She has her original blue paperweight eyes, with painted upper and lower lashes, and feathered brown brows. She has a delicate closed mouth, with pink lips, with blushed cheeks over an overall pale complexion. She wears a lush blond French human hair wig in banana curl style. She is on her original antique kidskin body, with stitch jointed hips and knees and gusseted elbows with bisque lower arms. She stands at 18” tall.
She a wonderful original red wool regional dress with hand embroidered floral elements on the bodice and lace trim at the collar and cuffs. The full three piece set of cream cotton underwear is original to her as well and she also comes with her original socks and black leather shoes (one shoe flower is missing. A stunning high quality antique hat sits atop her head.*
MARKS: 870 N. 10.
CONDITION: Generally excellent. The bisque head is free of any hairlines, cracks, chips, or restoration, with high quality painting and molding of features. The bisque hands are in great condition but the thumb on the left hand has been rebuilt. The kidskin body is good overall, although it does have some typical minor to moderate age wear, with some discoloration and patchwork reinforcement, particularly at the shoulders and elbows (please view all photos). The costume is in good presentable condition but the dress has sustained considerable moth damage with patching. Note--The bodice is stitched-on and would need to be unstitched for removal. Overall, this is a fantastic doll in great antique condition, for the connoisseur collector!
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Note* Any requests for discounts on this doll will be entertained, but will include the removal of the antique hat which would retail for about $250-350 on its own. The hat is not original to the costume but was an addition by me.
Rare Alt Beck & Gottschalk 870 Turned-Head Closed Mouth Fashion Girl 18" in in Original Box and Costume circa 1885