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19" 1850's Papier-mache Brown Eyes Original Body Dress
This 19" 1850's papier-mache has a Greiner type black center part hairdo with deeply molded comb marks and and 10 sausage curls. She has molded eye sockets & lid, dark brown painted eyes with fine black lid liner, red eye dots and black 3 stroke brows. Her mouth is nicely painted a soft rose with red lip line and center line. Cheeks are blushed and she has red nose dots. Her face finish is quite nice . She has some fine cracks on top of the shoulders and some paint flakes and wear on the tops of her curls. Her head and plate are 5.5" high and 5" shoulder to shoulder. There are 2 sew holes front and back in the corners of her plate. She is on an early 2 piece commercially made linen body. Legs are straight and one piece. They are attached in the early manner with both feet pointing left. Legs have sewn on stockings and brown linen boots. The right one has an old patch. Her linen arms are straight ending in mitt hands with delineated /stitched fingers and thumb. The body is in good condition. She wears a period yellow & cream homespun linen dress with tape closures at the neck and waist and shell buttons and loops. The top loop is broken and the top tape is frayed. The dress has charming ivory linen picot trim at the neck and sleeve bands. The dress all hand stitched. It appears the dress was cut down for the doll dress. it has some little holes and loss. She has linen split seat pantaloons trimmed with crochet lace at the leg ends, a linen camisole top with ribbon ties and a linen petticoat that pins. All are hand stitched and in good condition. She is a charming early papier-mache and appears to be American made. She may be an early Greiner or from another early East Coast doll maker. This doll is on display at the Yellow Garage in Mullica Hill, NJ
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