Circa 1850 china doll head, early pink tint with brown eyes, and brilliant high luster glaze, 5-1/4 inches high.
This head is somewhat different from the more often seen later covered wagon head. She is attributed to the Kestner Porcelain Factory. We have several examples of these particular heads listed and they all have subtle and not-so-subtle differences.
This lady has shaded, outlined, and highlighted BROWN eyes with black lash lines and red lid lines, accented eye corners, oval nostril accents, and smiling, upturned mouth with white space left between the lips. Her cheeks are beautifully and evenly blushed and she has only ONE barely noticeable rub to the high spot of the center curl of her hair in the back. The shoulder plate has six sew holes.
The inside of her shoulder place has a red painted artist mark ' 2 ' and an incised script ' 16 ' that can be seen in the next to last photo.
Condition: Exceptionally excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs and only one tiny rub to the hair in back. No scratches or wear to the face.
Measurements: 5-1/4 inches high from base of plate to top of head; 4-1/4 inches across the shoulders (measured in a flat line inside the plate); 2-3/4 inches thick front to back.
This would make a doll between 20 inches to 22 inches tall when mounted on the proper body. I have a 17 inch antique china leg body listed which fits this head perfectly (Item# DP-27) which would make this a 20 inch doll.
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