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19" Antique German Bisque Bonnet Head Doll 2B
This is a large 19" tall antique German bisque bonnet head doll marked 2B. I estimate that it dates from circa late 1800s. She has molded blond wavy hair topped by a yellow deep brimmed bonnet with simulated cloth molded back with neck ruffle and 3 pink bows around the brim base and a blue bow tied at the throat. This girl has very chubby rosy cheeks. She is marked on her back with size 2 and model number B. She is on an original body that has been completely recovered, but the original cloth body still remains underneath, and the original bisque limbs are still intact. She is dressed in a nice outfit of antique clothing consisting of cotton pantaloons and petticoat, topped by a white cotton pigeon breasted dress with lace inserts across bodice and sleeves. Over this she has a sheer lace apron with pocket and pink ribbons.
The doll is 19" tall and the shoulder head alone is 5" tall, 4" across the shoulders, and 2" deep at the base.
Condition: When I first received this doll her shoulder plate was repainted. I removed the head to clean away the repaint and discover her damage. She has a break across the front of the shoulder plate. I prefer to see the damage rather than conceal it under paint, so you can now see where it was glued back together. She also has a spot of kiln dust on her nose. In the process of removing the head I was also able to determine that the original body is still present under the recovering. Her petticoat and pantaloons are age darkened. There are some brown stains on her dress on one sleeve and the skirt. Her apron has some holes.
A note about the markings on this doll. I have found a series of (so far) 3 different doll models marked A, B or C plus a size number. These dolls all closely resemble each other though the hair and bonnets differ slightly. These dolls have in the past been ascribed to the maker Hertwig, but they do not appear in any Hertwig literature that I have found, and they differ in both appearance and in the type of markings from Hertwig dolls. In my opinion they were made by a different German company. they are less common than the Hertwig dolls, and that is why this doll is important despite the damage. Her price reflects the condition.
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