Cuno and Otto Dressel made some rather delightful bisque-head child dolls, with this rare girl being one such example. Perhaps you are familiar with the Kammer & Reinhardt “Mein Liebling” flirty child made by the popular German firm. Well this charming COD is an out and out copy of that very popular and successful doll, down to the high knee flapper body and the captivating flirty eyes! She is simply divine! This beautiful angel is in great condition, and a great way to add a rare beauty with a unique story to your collection!
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She has a lovely bisque socket head. Blue-green eyes flirt from side to side with tin sleep lids and painted upper and lower lashes, feathered brows, an open mouth with four upper teeth, and a dimpled chin. She stands at 18” on a fully jointed composition and wood German Flapper doll body with high knees, and wears a lovely dark blond human hair wig, and comes with her original dark brown braided human hair wig.
She is dressed in an antique “Back-to-school” black and white cotton check dress with a cute blue artist’s collar and cuffs edged in white rickrack trim, with a dropped waist and blouson bodice. Underneath, she wears an antique white cotton full slip with a scalloped eyelet embroidered hem, and antique white cotton pantaloons with lace trim. On her feet are her original cream rayon socks and cream oilcloth shoes with metal buckles. On her head, she wears a large black velvet bow, and part of her hair is tied back with a strip of brown lace; the coiled braids on her original wig are decorated with blue bows.
MARKS: 4/G. cl / CUNO & OTTO DRESSEL / GERMANY [incised, back of head]
CONDITION: Excellent. The lovely quality smooth powdery bisque head is free of cracks, chips, hairlines, and restoration, and features expert and fine decoration of features with wonderfully sculptured modeling of her adorable face with a character expression. The eyes flirt readily and the tin sleep lids work well. (The tin lids are typically repainted). The original body is in excellent, practically mint condition with clean hands, so rare for such an old doll! A captivating doll with the desirable look of the K & R Mein Liebling 117n. An obvious knock-off contemporaneous to the original, and yet so rare and charming in today’s collectible doll arena. This is a fine and lovely version of this desirably rare doll! Who knows when another one like this will come to the market?
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18” Cuno & Otto Dressel“MEIN LIEBLING” Flirty All Antique Doll circa 1919-1924