This wonderful rare hair style circa 1860s china shoulder head doll came to me from Sweden and though purported to be made by the German company Conta and Boehme, I ask that you cast your eyes upon the last 2 images from the Swedish Rorstrand company catalog. This doll head bears only an impressed number 6 on her lower left front edge. Could this doll perhaps be a match to the profile image of a doll by Rorstrand. This is pure speculation, but I wanted to include it as food for thought. This hair style is variously called the dressmaker type or waterfall style. The former naming is fanciful and the latter is more descriptive. The face does have the sleepy heavy lidded look of many Conta & Boehme identified dolls, and the over all quality of the china, which much kiln speckling and small manufacturing defects, is also typical of C&B's products.
As for her body, she has long resided on an old so-called milliner model type body with leather torso and wooden lower arms and legs. The body is MUCH patched and she must have lost her wooden feet long ago for someone has given her leather bootkins over the ends of her legs. She is dressed in antique clothing consisting of cotton petticoat and drawers topped by a faded plaid dress with red rick rack trim. 1 row of trim is missing. I think the dress may have originally been a purple plaid based upon the least faded areas.
She is not perfect, but she is without cracks, or chips or repairs tot he china head. There is a small scuff to the tip of her nose and another near one eyebrow. There is wear to the hear color as well. Despite her imperfections I wonder if she might be an important linchpin doll to help us with identifications.