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Very pretty 23"( 58 cm ) 1850's era German glazed porcelain " china " head doll with desirable " pink luster " tones, rarer brown painted eyes with both upper and LOWER lashes, with three dimensional molded eye lids with upper black liner and a red liner above that. The hairstyle helps identify the approximate age of the doll with center part, deep comb marks and a row of well modeled and defined shoulder length vertical curls tucked tightly behind the ears. She is on an old muslin stuffed body with sewn joints at the shoulders, hips, and knees , with old red leather arms with individually stitched fingers, ( some wear and old repairs as is typical with these materials and age ). The dress is antique floral print cotton and lace trim, with antique underwear, and beautiful antique red leather period shoes and knit white socks. This is a doll of utmost quality while still representing a simple " country girl " as opposed to a child of the elite.............US$ 1,375.
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Charming and impressive 27" ( 68 cm ) Greiner doll made in Philadelphia , PA, pre-1858 , and stamped in black on back shoulder "PATENT HEAD ". Those made on or after 1858 generally have a paper label attached with the " '58 patent " and fully marked with a  "Ludwig Greiner " acknowledgement. These " Patent Head " dolls are believed to be the first dolls Greiner made after relocating to the USA from Germany and although similar to the slightly later, fully marked dolls, they have their own easily recognizable facial features which identify their unique qualities even before looking for any markings. They have a fuller face with plumper cheeks, a center part hairstyle with deep comb marks and curls which cover just the top of the molded ears with tight vertical shoulder length curls framing the back of the neck. The shoulder plate is quite deep , perhaps even slightly more so than the later models. This girl has brown painted eyes , a hint of a smile, painted upper lashes , and single stroke half- moon shaped brows. The papier-mâché head is mounted to a muslin stuffed body with white leather arms with individually stitched fingers. The arms are in very good condition so one might assume they could have been replaced at some time as this type of leather arm rarely lasts and maintains itself in this condition for  160+ years, but one can draw one's own conclusions as neither option is of 100% certainty. She wears a wonderful two piece dark blue and white printed long blouse and matching skirt with a white cotton and lace blouse underneath the top outfit, layers of antique white cotton and linen undergarments, and fabulous antique midnight blue leather boots with low heels. The head some minimal age crazing of the painted surface but very little considering the age of the doll and no repairs or repainting have been observed. A big beautiful and impressive early American doll and perfect as not only a doll but as a decorative accessory to a home with early/primitive American decor....US$ 975.

 

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Lovely 20" ( 51 cm ) unmarked German papier-mâché shoulder head doll with inset glass "pupil-less " eyes , best known to collectors as a so-called " Pre-Greiner ". Her hairstyle with center part and ear- covered short shoulder length vertical curls is reminiscent of the mid 1850's. She is mounted on an old and presumably original muslin stuffed body with sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees, and lovely old red leather arms with individually stitched fingers ( naturally some typical age wear ). The dress is an antique " off -the -shoulder " printed linen dress with rose motif  , and the underwear and old black leather boots are possibly original or at least certainly of the period. As to be expected of a doll of this age and material , she has some wear and paint crazing , particularly at left side near shoulder seam, ( and a speck of repaint at very tip of nose ), but overall in good condition with price reflective of her minor age flaws and slight wear...US$ 695.
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Stunning man and woman pair of 14" ( 35 cm ) papier-mâché shoulder head dolls with " milliner's model "-style bodies, having firm leather torsos and upper legs, with long wooden arms with " spoon " hands and molded and painted shoes. Although superb in their own right just as dolls, their original elaborate ethnic costumes really set them apart to make them something special. One might assume by the man's head covering that they could be either Turkish or perhaps from one of the Balkan countries controlled by the Ottoman Empire during the time of the manufacture of these dolls, ( late 1840's- early 1850's ) . The man has the remains of a thin pencil line mustache, the woman a center part hairstyle with thick braids covering both ears and molded into a tight bun in back. The fine lace headgear of the woman also could denote that of a bride wearing her traditional regional dress. Perhaps the highlight of both costumes are the similar sewn on shoes with turned up toes.  Regardless of exact origin of region or country, they are truly remarkable, especially as a pair!........US$ 2.950.

 

 

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Extremely grand ( 34" , 87 cm ), rare, and early ( circa 1850's ) A. Bozzani of Holburn, London, wax-over papier-mâché "walking and talking " semi-mechanical doll.  Originally documented by English collector, dealer, and highly regarded doll researcher Mary Hillier in her iconic book " The History of Wax Dolls " ( pages 71 and 74 ), which perfectly describe this almost never found ( and fragile ) doll. It was subsequently purchased by the last owner ( about 1993)  at Christies Auction ( London ) and had remained with her until just last month. The Christies' catalogue description is as follows:" A very rare talking doll with wax-over-papier-mâché shoulder head ( slightly ) open mouth ( with tiny teeth ) , blond hair in ringlets, heavy jointed body jointed at shoulder, thigh, and knee, containing bellows ( in torso ) operated by movement of he left arm, and brass voice mechanism, the sound changed by movement to the right arm ." The structure of the arms and lower legs are similar to the head ( heavy wax over thick mâchés ). Not mentioned in the catalogue description is the fact that as the arms move forward allowing " voice activation ( "mama-papa"-type sounds) they also create the opposite leg to lunge forward just slightly creating the " walking " feature. Due to age and wear any sounds and/or movements are quite sluggish but one can easily decipher from by what one can see what would have occurred when the doll was " new and shiny ". The raising of the left arm creates greater sound and movement than raising the right ( stringing looser at shoulder allowing lesser tension needed to properly activate ), but fully understandable considering extreme age and type of object. Also as usual, there is some crazing of the wax, especially on the shoulder with a loss of wax ( mâchés still firm and present underneath ) on right back shoulder corner. This is a " TRUE ANTIQUE" doll that will be at least appreciated by all who love the very old and rare, and would be a perfect doll for any museum and/or the most experienced/advanced collector of the most eclectic dolls and related objects including crèche and " continental/religious -type figures. RESERVED

 

 

 

 

 

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