Early Greiner hairstyle china head doll of exceptional quality, circa 1840's, is a rare doll with fine luminous porcelain, attributed to the Kloster Veilsdorf Porcelain Factory. Extended layaway is available on this doll. See Terms of Sale and email to work out a payment plan that will work for you.
Thick hand pressed porcelain shoulder head with pink tinted complexion, black sculpted hair with wide center part waved back behind the modeled ears into short finger curls, antique muslin stitch-jointed body with leather arms, antique costume.
The head is finely modeled and beautifully painted with brown shaded eyes with fully outlined irises and left upper highlights, black lash lines, red lid lines, deep charcoal brows. She has incredibly oval nostril accents and eye corner accents with the very sought after individually painted lower lashes. Her deeply modeled mouth is slightly smiling and her cheeks are evenly blushed. Her shoulder plate is deeply sloping and has beautifully modeled musculature on the front and back of the shoulder plate. There are four sew holes.
Her muslin stitch jointed body appears to be the original and is in very fine condition. She has brown leather arms in good condition and cloth lower legs and feet. I did not remove her shoes and socks for fear of damaging them. The pantaloons are right and were not removed for the same reason. There is no indication whatsoever of hidden damage under these items of clothing.
She wears layers of undergarments under her finely made white lawn dress that is entirely hand stitched. It has incredibly deep cartridge pleating at the waist and deeply gathered bodice with piping at the armholes and banded neckline, cuffs, and waist band. The skirt has pin tucks and a lace hem. As shown, there is considerable wear to the dress, but it is truly stunning and I would love to make a pattern from it to recreate it. Perhaps one of you seamstresses out there would like to as well. The Cotton windowpane apron has red braid at the bodice and hem with is attached with hand picot stitching. As you can see, much of the red braid is gone, but the picot remains and is a fine trim in itself. The apron is also completely hand stitched. She also has two slips and pantaloons, long cotton stockings and brown hand stitched boots.
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs to the gorgeous head. There is very minimal wear to the hair paint on the curls in back. Much less than typical for such an early doll. The front edge of the shoulder plate has a little mold flaw that is under the finish as shown and was done in the making. The body in fine condition and costume as described.
The doll appears to be completely original right down to her period costume and apron and dark brown hand-stitched boots. I have listed an early dress in a separate listing, using this doll as a model. The red plaid dress fits her like a glove, if a change of clothing were desired for this wonderful doll. The dress is item #DC-02.
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