16" AB&G with a rare coiffe. Solid domed bisque shoulder head, blue glass inset eyes, painted lashes and brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth, dimpled chin, original muslin commercial body, paper mache lower arms. Condition: generally excellent. Marks: 1234 Germany N. Dep. Comments: Alt, Beck and Gottschalk, circa 1885. Value Points: rare model with beautiful bisque and painting, closed mouth, near mint original body, and wearing detailed folklore costume with silk dress over very fine original undergarments comprising, chemise, dickie, pants, two half slips, and separate "pocket", along with embroidered tulle apron and shawl, black stockings, leather shoes, and four-layered rare coiffe comprising black fabric cap, white pique cap, lace ruffle and brass "helmet" which fits snugly to the head. Suzanne Sinke's Book, "Dutch Immigrant Women in the United States, 1880-1920" states "In the countryside throughout the Netherlands in the nineteenth century people displayed regional background, age and wealth concurrently in the klederdracht (traditional dress), reserved for Sundays or holidays. The hats, scarves, aprons, patterns, and prints of these dresses, which dated back over a century, illustrated heritage. Many of the formal pictures immigrants took to send to relatives or to save for posterity, at least earlier in the period, featured women in such traditional dress. One of the most important parts of this costume was an oorijzer, or special headpiece, which showed the age and wealth of the woman. Women who wanted to dress more modestly or in a more modern style, would switch to black dresses, but might continue to wear the oorijzer and starched white cap. Cornelia De Groot described this headwear in Friesland as "a helmet made of the purest, softest gold, and beneath it a white muslin cap… and over this… one of black silk… mother covered this helmet with a beautiful cap of old lace that had a border of rounded folds standing straight from the neck at an angle of about forty-five degrees… Near the ears… ornaments resembling miniature shields or large buttons.
Some wear to the silk of the dress, but does not take away from the grandeur of this doll. She is display ready. This doll may be eligible for lay a way and/or international shipping. For international, please contact me with address for a quote.
Rare oorijzer on antique Alt, Beck & Gottschalk 1234