This is an elegant 18 inch tall circa 1860s lady china doll with rare Grecian hairstyle. Her hair has a complex arrangement, pulled back from the face and held by a braided headband that contains the loose twists of hair on top of the head, and ends on a single looped twist of hair on the back of the neck. She also has a bow of hair formed on top of her forehead. This model has been attributed to the German manufacturer Conta & Boehme. This lady has an good antique commercial body with stuffed cloth body and china lower limbs. Her china legs have uncommon flat soled blue bootines. She is wearing the fanciest pantalettes I have ever seen, with bands of red and blue print trim. It's almost a shame to hide them under her plain cotton petticoat. Her dress is also antique, made from semi sheer cotton dotted Swiss, with pleated trim around hem and sleeves. The dress has silk rosettes for decoration. It closes with buttons and hooks up the back.
Condition: The china shoulder head has a small manufacturing flaw on the bottom front edge near the sew hole, in the from of a small nick and split in the porcelain less than 1/8". There is also a very small chip on the underside of the front edge of the shoulder plate near the other sew hole. She also has a tiny pock mark on her upper lip - another manufacturing flaw. Her hair has some minimal hair wear in back. Her right hand has a small finger tip chip. The body has some wear and repairs. The left arm has been restuffed with cotton after an old stitched repair was made. Her dress has a few tears and repairs.
Defects are modest given the rarity of the doll. I have always called this one the Grecian lady. She has a proud demeanor and is an outstanding doll.
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