I attribute this early and exquisite all bisque doll to the German firm of Alt, Beck & Gottschalck. She is of a style known as a wrestler, with well-shaped muscular legs, slim detailed torso, and arms in different positions, the right one extended and the left bent at the elbow. She has delicate detailed cupped hands with free thumbs and on her feet are very unusual molded high button tan boots with black toes and heels. At 7.5 inches tall, this is one magnificent mignonette. She is of flawless pale bisque and her wistful face is dominated by her huge dark brown set glass eyes, surrounded by finely painted eyelashes. She has delicately painted one stroke brows, full coral lips, and coral nose dots. Her plump round cheeks are softly blushed. She is unmarked except for what appears to be a blurred number on the back of her neck and a faint "0" inside each leg.
This wonderful wrestler is beautifully dressed in antique materials. Her original ash blonde mohair wig is topped by a net bonnet of fine net trimmed in dainty lace. She wears a burgundy smock dress with a wide collar of beautiful lace. Underneath is a gorgeous detailed long-sleeved blouse with embroidery and eyelet details down the front and fine lace at the cuffs. She wears two half slips, one trimmed with fine lace and the other of white eyelet. Underneath it all is a pair of lace-trimmed bloomers. Overall, this scarce and early all bisque doll is in wonderful condition for her age, with no breaks or repairs. Her wig shows some wear at the top. mostly hidden by her pretty bonnet. She has been restrung and there is a shallow chip on the inside of her right leg, visible only as a tiny chip at the top front rim of the leg.
Antique Treasures from the Texas Hill Country
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