Unusual early pen wipe representing an older woman, possibly in half-mourning. She looks like she stepped out of a Dickens novel and would display beautifully on a writing desk, a pen wipe collection, or even a doll or dollhouse collection.
I believe she is made of Gutta-Percha as it is much firmer, heavier, and more substantial than celluloid. Measuring 3.5 inches tall and 1.75 inches in diameter across the base, there are many little fingers of felt underneath her skirt.
She displays incredible detail in her facial features, tightly coiled hair bun, elaborate head piece and shawl. She has fingerless gloves on her hands, intricately modeled fingers, and a brooch at her neck.
She really reminds me of Miss Matty in the Cranford series on PBS, set in the 1840s.
Condition is excellent. There is very light wear to the shiny surface of her gown. Please check all photos.
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