We are pleased to offer for your buying consideration a BEAUTIFUL BIG ALL ORIGINAL ANTIQUE 24 1/2" ABG CHINA HEAD DOLL IN AMAZING ENSEMBLE!
An EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLE of her type, we attribute this sweet little girl to the firm ALT, BECK & GOTTSCHALK, we were particularly endeared to this nice LARGE SIZE china head doll as she has such an innocent child-like look to her with her slightly TURNED HEAD------a CHARMING PRESENTATION!
Measuring an IMPRESSIVE almost 25" high, she wears the most fabulous ALL ORIGINAL outfit that appears to have never been removed from her after over 150 years! Her ensemble consists of a GORGEOUS long sleeved brick red WOOL DRESS that fits her body like a glove, and it is embellished with a contrasting GOLD VELVET trim down the bodice and around the cuffs and top part of her PUFFED SLEEVES! Although there is some expected fading to the fabric, the dress has wonderful detail, including red SILK BOWS on the top of each sleeve, an array of all nine original sweet TINY BUTTONS that look to be made of MOTHER-OF-PEARL cascading down the back of her bodice, and a lovely miniature decorative antique RHINESTONE PIN that is secured to the top bodice front!
Underneath her dress she wears an antique ecru wool/cotton lace trimmed HALF SLIP and a pair of antique white lace trimmed cotton pantaloons which may have been added to her but are old. To complete her outfit she wears antique woven long black COTTON STOCKINGS which do have some holes in them, and attached black LEATHER BOOTS which also show some wear but appear to be original to her!
Her beautifully molded TURNED HEAD is made of glossy china, with DELICATELY MOLDED tight ringlet blonde curls, INTAGLIO BLUE painted eyes with artfully painted ARCHED EYEBROWS, a sweet pouty little ROSEBUD MOUTH turned up at the corners, and adorable ROUNDED CHEEKS that are subtly blushed! When we first purchased her we partially undressed her to examine her shoulder plate and head which are unmarked but undoubtedly attributed to the German doll firm ALT, BECK & GOTTSCHALK, who is one of the oldest makers of doll heads first introduced in 1854! Due to the delicate nature of her very fitted and all original dress including all those tiny buttons that would need to be undone and rebuttoned, we did not remove her clothing again for the pictures, but she is free of any hairlines, cracks or repairs-----you will find her PERFECT in EVERY WAY!
Her antique body is FABULOUS and is made of cotton muslin fabric with the most incredible tan LEATHER HANDS; similar to the kind of body you would expect to see on a QUALITY larger size FASHION DOLL of that genre! There is some normal age wear, but generally it is in EXCELLENT CONDITION and appears to have been original to her!
This BEAUTIFUL BIG ALL ORIGINAL ANTIQUE 24 1/2" ALT, BECK & GOTTSCALK CHINA HEAD DOLL with AMAZING ENSEMBLE is being offered for the first time on Ruby Lane for your buying consideration-------an ENCHANTING PRESENTATION!
Any doll or accessory items used for display including the chair she is sitting on are not included in this offering, unless otherwise specified.
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