Here is an 18" American made papier-mâché /composition shoulder head with a label on the back plate that reads "American Muslin Lined Head // No. 3 // Warranted Fast Oil Colors". The doll has a off center parted hair style with curls around the face and short curls around the sides and back of her head. Ear lobes are exposed. Eyes are sparely painted with black pupils and a line of corn flower blue 1/4 around the pupil. Eye balls are recessed with charcoal brown liner. She has matching one stroke arched brows, coral eye and nose accents. Her mouth is coral and painted similar to that found on other dolls with this label. Paint is worn on the upper lip. There is a bit of wear at the nose tip and at top of nose near the left eye. The doll is on a nicely made commercial linen body with narrow waist, wide hips, gusset at the buttocks for shape and sitting. She still has her original leather arms with separate sewn fingers. Body and arms are sturdy clean and in good condition. Legs are stitched at the hips and knees so she can sit. I examined her body though her clothing.I did not remove the boots to check her feet. The doll wears a full set of linen under garments including shift, pantaloons and petticoat. Her period and original dress is made of silk and has shattered. She has fine knitted cream stockings and nice Key Stone leather boots with heels and 3 buttons on the outside. The boots are stamped "3".
Clothing all appears original. The doll is thought to be from a Philadelphia doll maker. I have seen this label attributed to "Greiner", "Kell" and have seen this model head with a "Lerch & Klag" label. Clothing and hair style suggest an 1865-70 era some what earlier than those with hair styles similar to Greiner Extension dolls. The doll is a scarcer model and a great study piece for collectors of American /Philadelphia papier-mâché /composition dolls
18 Inch American Muslin Lined Shoulder Head Doll All Original Fragile Dress Nice Key Stone Boots