This beautiful 14 inch tall German blond bisque doll was made by Simon and Halbig circa 1860s-1870s and has retained her originality for about 150 years. It is rare to find dolls of this era that still have their original bodies, let alone their complete costume including earrings. The shoulder head of this doll has pale bisque, a molded and painted cross necklace, pierced ears with earrings, a blue painted bow in her hair, and an uncommon hairstyle swept back in waves from her face and with large mounded braids arranged in back. The only marking is a size number 3 on the back. She has a stuffed cloth body with bisque lower arms. Her wonderful costume is very complete and consists of cotton gauze petticoat and pantaloons, black flat soled oil cloth slippers, red wool skirt lined with gauze and topped by a gauze apron with lace trim, a gauze blouse with puffy short sleeves, and a black velvet vest sequin pinned in place over a bodice covered in rows of lace.
Condition: The only defect to the bisque is a chip to 2 finger tips on her left hand - see photos. The shoulder head is in good condition, no chips, cracks or repairs. There are a couple of moth holes in the back of her skirt. There are a couple of brown age stains on her undergarments.
Hard to part with this little beauty. I hope she finds a great home where she will be a shining star.