I was recently designated to sell the fabulous collection of dolls of a deceased Texas collector who over many years amassed one of the most varied and interesting collections I have seen in years. She loved them all but her true love seemed to be concentrated in French dolls. I will be posting weekly new items of interest. I am starting with a variety to give you an idea of what to expect in the weeks ahead.
From my research, these dolls could be on other than wood bodies but she is fortunate to have this fabulous body, making her what could be the fashion doll of the period. She was the first wax doll to be made and deserves recognition as being the beginning of the wax doll era. She is so unique and made in the 1830-1860's. She is original and, although not quite perfect, one that needs to be in a museum. Her body is all wood with wax covering her paper mache shoulder head. The body is mortise and tenon jointed at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. She has long, slender and painted black boots. Her legs from the knees down are washed in white possibly to represent stockings. The lower arms are washed in white perhaps representing gloves. Her dark pupil-less glass sleep eyes are controlled by a metal wire or crude lever from the back of her wooden torso. The wire lever works well and her lids open and close freely. The lids are covered in the original wax. She has a solid dome head with a slit in the middle from which the human hair comes. The hair is pulled back into large curls creating a bun on the back of her head. She has a tiny pursed mouth and blushed cheeks. She is wearing a simple antique white-on-white striped cotton lace-trimmed dress, slip and pantaloons.
Marks: None. These dolls were not marked.
Condition: Excellent for her age, however, she has a few minor age-related imperfections that need mentioning. Her wax over shoulder head has loss of wax on the back of the shoulder head (see photo). It is stable now and leaves no threat if treated properly. The left (right facing her) eye has a speck of missing wax on the lower lid. The tips of her nose and chin have light rubs from being placed face down. The wood body has a few scrapes but nothing distracting. Keep in mind, this doll could be as old as 190 years.
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15 In. English Slit Head Wax Shoulder Head Doll on Carved Wood Body, Mortise and Tenon Joints, Sleep Glass Eyes Lever, ca: Mid 1830's-1860's
$895 SALE PENDING
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