We adore this rare shoulder head doll by as she has a fantastic look, and was made by a rare American doll company (many thanks to an eagle eyed American doll collector for the information). She would be super displayed alongside folksy Americana antiques, or even better given a body to make her whole again.

This shoulder head measures a very large 6 inch tall. She is made from a light weight molded gutta percha/ vulcanised rubber material. Molded rubber was patented by Robert Haering with Charles Goodyear who incidentally was founder of Goodyear Rubber Company from the years 1835 to 1890. Our shoulder head has an impressed maker's stamp to her reverse, you can just make our the ????MB CO letters for I.R.Comb Co (the Indian Rubber Comb Company of New York City. Funnily enough the I R Comb Co and the Goodyear Rubber Company dolls shared the same head molds. You can still view their patent where you can see that this manufacturing process was highly complicated, and therfore expensive.

This cutey has centrally parted hair with molded short curls. She has painted blue eyes, brown brows and closed mouth with red lips. She has three holes front and back to secure her to a body.

Size: 6" by 5.5" by 3.5"

Condition: She looks great, the rubber is stable but she is not pristine. On close inspection, as is common with surviving rubber molded dolls her face and features show historic, sympathetic over-painting to keep her alive for future generations to enjoy. Her medium brown hair has as a few areas of flaking that now expose the dark brown gutta percha underneath. With an eyeglass - fine, better feathered dark brows can also be seen under her existing brows. Her lips also possibly have been touched up. None of this is a recent over-paint. There is a fine and stable hairline crack from the tip of her collar bone to under her hairline, this is very difficult to find, mentioned for accuracy and it does not go through to the interior. She is sold as seen.

A super addition to a rare collection of early American doll makers.

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Rare Antique American Doll Shoulder Head, Indian Rubber Comb Company, New York C 1875


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