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 Unusual and highly attractive 24” ( 61cm ) tall German glazed porcelain shoulder head doll fitting into the generic characteristics of what collectors refer to as a “ Biedermeier “ as it has a rounded solid dome head instead of the molded and painted hair styles. She is wearing what appears to be her original dark human hair wig with side part and long curls that extend to the upper chest area. What sets her apart from the more traditional Biedermeier dolls is that she has no painted black pate ( or skull cap ) on top of head and also this doll has a broader face evoking a more childlike/ young lady-like quality whereas many of the others have a more elongated and more mature countenance sometimes appearing quite stern almost to the point of being disagreeable. The facial painting is excellent with deep rouged cheeks, well painted lips emoting a faint smiling expression, a well modeled double chin, light blue eyes with white highlight dots, one stroke moon-shaped brows, and black eyeliner on upper lids with a parallel red line just above. In addition, they took great effort to sculpt the ears. The body is firmly stuffed muslin with narrow waist with sewn joints at elbows, hips, and knees. The lower arms are well modeled long porcelain with detailed fingers and thumbs. In addition to the antique wig, she wears all antique undergarments, a knee-length antique cotton print dress trimmed in lace, carefully detailed black side button leather boots, with the upper parts of the lower legs covered by antique horizontally striped fabric to simulate stockings. A most impressive mid -19th Century doll with rare and distinctive qualities………………………US$ 1375. 

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 Very nice 26” ( 66cm ) papier-mache shoulder head doll, circa mid to late 1850s-very early 1860s, with center part hairstyle with deeply modeled wavy hair extending to top of ears then drawn back leaving them exposed while forming eight clusters of vertical curls in back ending where the neck meets the shoulders. This particular hairdo is commonly known to doll collectors as a “ covered- wagon “. In addition to the detailed artistry shown in the deep comb marks in the hair there are fine wispy brush strokes simulating loose hairs framing the face at the hairline. The dark brown painted eyes are well painted as are the separately molded upper eyelids, one stroke thick eyebrows, and nicely rouged cheeks and well- defined lips and nostrils. The painted finish appears to be totally original with only a slight depression in the mache in center of forehead and a surface crack on back at bottom left shoulder edge. The body is firm stuffed muslin with ( somewhat brittle ) long leather forearms with individually stitched fingers and separate thumbs. There is a horizonal craze line in center of right forearm but it has not split all the way through and maintains firmly intact. There are sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees. All clothing is all of the period and features all antique undergarments, a cotton print dress, a cotton print apron, white cotton knit stockings, and wonderful antique brown leather shoes with silk ribbon ties across the ankles. The back seam of the dress is sewn firmly affixed with no fasteners so unable to remove fully from waist upwards. Although very “ Greiner-like” in style and overall appearance, the most likely attribution as to manufacturer would be that it is from a quality German dollmaker in the same era as when Greiner re-established his business in North America after emigrating from Germany shortly beforehand. A slightly different and very good quality doll!…………………..US$ 975. 

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 23” ( 59cm ) German glazed porcelain shoulder head doll dating early 1850s in a version of the so-called “ Covered Wagon”-type models characterized by having a hairstyle with a slight center-part combed to each side into a series of ten tightly gathered vertical curls entirely covering both ears and descending to bottom of the neck all around. Throughout the hair and particularly the curl arrangements the makers have shown great three -dimensional depth of modeling and obvious “ comb marks “. The head is well decorated with an obvious “ pink tint “, rouged cheeks, both black and red highlight lines above each eye, as well as a three-dimensional indentation separating the upper eyelid. The body is antique stuffed muslin with sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees, with separately attached leather forearms with separately stitched fingers ( damage to two on right hand ). The period clothing consists of an off-the shoulder dress with top part and attached integral apron made of printed cotton and skirt of an off-white texture cotton with the entire costume’s borders decorated with black braid trim. Undergarments all antique as are long white cotton stockings ( lacking any shoes ).The sleeves adhere very tightly to the cloth arms of upper part of body so not pictured as removing clothing might seriously damage both arms and clothing. Body disrobed from waist down to demonstrate overall general condition. At back top of head there is a very small area that a blacklight shows a bit of extraneous black paint, probably a previous owner “ touched -up “ a tiny area of “ paint wear “ as is so common on these early china head dolls. As such, this beautiful doll is offered at a very reasonable price of only ……………….U$ 495. 

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One must observe this doll very closely to appreciate exactly how rare and unusual this early “ wax-over “ , or “ pumpkin-head “ this actually is! She stands 19 ½” ( 49cm ) and is a wax-over-mache’ shoulder head with inset cornflower glass eyes in narrow eye sockets, has a closed mouth with six TINY little painted teeth showing between the lips, pierced-in ears with dangling earrings inserted , pale yellow molded and painted hair drawn back into multiple clusters of curls extending to the neckline leaving the ears exposed, AND, most spectacularly, resting on top of the head, is a molded and painted blue hat perched slightly forward covered in the tiniest and most elaborately applied lace and tread which practically obscures the fact that the hat is actually present and indeed an integral part of the head itself! The body also has a unique construction in that it has painted hard composition lower arms and lower legs with molded and painted upper white stockings and garters as well as black boots with heels ( some slight chipping at ends of toes ). The narrow waist torso and upper legs are old muslin covered and stuffed, and sewn joints at the hips. In addition to the molded-on hat she wears a simple gauze covered dress in “ off-the -shoulder “ manner trimmed in lace at neckline with some silk ribbon bows sewn on front of skirt, a silk ribbon bow as a waist belt, and underneath all two original items of undergarments. As is typical of “ wax-overs”, she has some light craze lines on the outer wax coating but considering her age ( about 1830s ) and type, she remains in a remarkedly wonderful state of condition. An extra added bonus is a red competition award ribbon from the 2005 UFDC National Convention! A “ not to be missed “ gem of a beauty for those appreciating “ true antique dolls “!…………SOLD.

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 Larger than average ( 14”, 35cm ) bisque shoulder head doll with huge molded high bonnet with molded and painted flowers and tied under the chin with a blue molded ribbon tied into a big bow below the chin. Although marked only with an incised “4” on back of shoulder she s German, circa 1890-1900 and typical of several firms of this era with probability leaning toward Hertwig & Co. As seen she has entirely molded and painted facial features and blond curly hair with great detail to back of bonnet implying to represent a woven fabric. As is typical of dolls of this style and period she has a cloth body with sawdust/horsehair stuffing with bisque forearms and legs with additionally molded and painted white stockings, garter tied ribbons and brown shoes with low heels. There is a slight damage at very top of left back bisque leg where it joins the upper cloth leg. Someone has sewn the undergarments at the knees so that the nickers cannot be lowered below. The cotton-print dress with high lace collar and sleeve trimmings further exemplify the clothing of this era. ………………US$ 235. 

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 Exceptionally pretty 19” (49cm ) tall papier-mache shoulder head doll with the much rarer inset pupiless glass eyes with gentle smile and molded and black painted hairstyle commonly referred to by collectors as the “ covered wagon “ with the traditional center part and hair gathered and pulled back just covering the top of the ears into ten shoulder length vertical curls with the entire portrayal of the hair elaborately executed with deep comb marks giving it a realistic three dimensional effect. The body is at first glance “ milliner’s model=like “ in that it has long wooden arms with “ spoon “- hands as well as the traditional long wooden legs with flat pointy feet outlined in yellow painted edges to suggest she is wearing slippers, yet despite this she has a relatively firm stuffed muslin covered body with slightly narrower waist and a sewn joint just above the wooden leg joining to allow a “ slight kick at the hips “. The costume is an early 1850s style “off the shoulder” plaid satin knee length dress with narrow waist, a different plaid silk apron with lace trim and antique white cotton and linen undergarments. Although well done there is some slight old well done paint touchup on left cheek extending to same side of the neck so offered at a very reasonable price of only…………… SOLD.

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Beautiful and extremely rare  20” ( 51cm ) German parian shoulder head doll representing the famous portrait and/or portrayal of  “ Princess Eugenie “- one might say “ Yes, perhaps rare but I have seen her before “. At first glance one might assume this to be true, but upon close examination and comparison this particular model has unique differences in features and proportions. As of the date of this posting of this doll to the site one will notice we have another  “Princess Eugenie “ offered for sale and barely an inch taller overall, if that. As nice as the other one is, she is the one more commonly found and the similarities the differences are as such- although both have blond molded and painted hair with deep comb marks, and blue colored snood covering the hair in back, and a pink and white luster trimmed headband going across the head on top in front and securing the snood, this model has a less elongated face, a slightly younger more defined face, a much deeper shoulder plate, and a short cluster of vertical curls extending below the bottom of the the snood in back, below the neckline onto the top of the shoulders. These differences may seem minor but side by side comparisons compel one to realize that these are two separate renditions of the same image probably manufactured at the same time by two separate doll factories. This doll is on an antique stuffed muslin body with white leather arms with separately stitched fingers ( somewhat frail ). Clothing consisting of an antique white cotton gauze linen dress with pale lavender silk ribbon inserts and fine lace trim, antique white cotton and linen multi-layer underclothing and pink knit socks, and antique black canvas shoes with low heals and buckles, very old, but unlikely quite as old as the doll. A rare and unexpected find- superior in quality and presentation! Although not mandated as a requirement for purchase, it would be wonderful for her to be sold with her slightly more mature-looking sister, and would be an excellent “study example “ for a lecture or doll club meeting, exhibition, or competition ( assuming such a category existed )! SOLD.

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Stunning, elegant, and with a regal flair is this 20″ ( 51cm ) parian shoulder head doll known to collectors as ” Princess Eugenie “. The nearly white head has all molded and painted features with blue painted eyes, with black eyeliner on upper lid, tiny lashes on both, a closed mouth with the hint of a smile, blond molded and painted hair with the distinctive hair net snood covering the hair in back with a pink lustre and gold lustre trim headband holding all in place with a large decorated white feather on the left front, also with lustre highlights. She is on an antique all white leather firmly stuffed body with gusset joints at elbows, hips, and knees, and individually stitched fingers . The costume is all antique with a white cotton blouse, a beautiful ” dotted Swiss” white cotton and fine lace skirt, a cream silk top with braid trim at neckline, sleeve openings, and at the base. Undergarments are antique, as are superb antique black leather flat soled shoes.  She also retains a bracelet on left wrist. One could say that this doll is a forerunner to what was to be later known as a ” French Fashion “  and understandably so!……..USS 1,050.

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