“Wax doll. Made in England by an Italian named Pierotti about time of World War One,” reads an old handwritten note attached to the dress of this lovely English poured wax girl; however, we believe she may be older, likely circa 1880s, due to the shape of her face. Charles Ernest Pierotti had taken over the family business by this time, and is famous for having made a wax doll replica of his son Patrick Enrico, who had died as an infant. This wax girl is just as carefully molded, with a round face and pouty expression, and just as much attention to detail was given to her poured wax hands and feet! Her unusual pale amber glass eyes give her a look that is one-of-a-kind. Truly, this doll is a gem of antique doll history, a classic and timeless piece of collector treasure. Make her your very own!
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She has a poured wax shoulder head, with unusually colored pale amber glass set eyes, painted eyebrows, and a closed pouty mouth. She stands at 16.5” tall on a cloth body with poured wax arms, molded to just above the slightly-bend elbows, and lower legs, and has rooted brown hair, made of mohair and worn very short
She wears her original exquisite white lace dress, painstakingly created from individual strips of tape lace sewn together, with ruffled lace trim at the hem, sleeves, and collar. Underneath, she wears her original white full slip, with a cotton pin-striped bodice with lace trim at the sleeves and collar, and a skirt also made from sewn-together strips of tape lace, a white cotton half slip with insertion lace, lace trim, and whitework embroidery in a floral motif, and a pair of white cotton pantaloons in the same pinstriped fabric as the full slip bodice, with lace trim. On her feet are a pair of white knit socks and blue-gray flocked shoes with white pompoms. On her head is her original white cotton bonnet, with white cotton ties and a lace brim.
MARKS: [none, attribution is from a handwritten note attached to the dress]
CONDITION: Generally good. The wax is near-flawless, showing only the most minimal and expected signs of age that one might expect from an antique doll, such as slight warping to the shoulder plate. One finger on the right hand is missing the tip, but otherwise the wax hands and feet are in great condition, with some superficial scratches and other age wear. The well-rooted hair shows no obvious issues, and seems to be almost entirely intact. The painted eyebrows have almost entirely rubbed off, and there is some wear to the paint on her lips; neither have been restored. The cloth body is clean and sturdy, with only minimal age wear. The original costume is excellent and wonderfully constructed, with only some discoloration to the back of the bonnet. This is truly a wonderful piece of doll history, and would be a wonderful addition to any collection!
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Lovely 16.5” All Original Wax Baby Doll in Lace Dress