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This is a wonderful 12" tall circa 1850s papier mache shoulder head doll in original Dutch costume representing the Zeeland province. The joined wire curls are called 'Oorijzer' or literally 'ear-iron'. The oorijzer is a silver or gold wire meant to keep the bonnet in place. The more wealthy the owner the larger the curls and/or other jewelry attached to it. I included an old photo of a lady from Noord Beveland in Zeeland wearing a similar headdress.
The papier mache shoulder head was German made, even though the costume represents Holland. Her body is also original and is cloth stuffed with sawdust and has wooden lower arms. She has no shoes or stockings and her only undergarment is a simple white cotton petticoat.
Condition: Her dress has suffered a mouse chew on the bottom front of the dress hem, but is otherwise in remarkably good condition, with nice bright color to the fabric print. There is a small patch of black color missing from the hair.
This doll is in wonderful original condition and is a fantastic example of period regional costume.
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1850s Papier Mache Doll in original Dutch Costume 12 inches
$150 USD SOLD
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