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 Unusual and relatively rare 22” ( 55cm ) German glazed porcelain shoulder head doll circa 1860 with oval shaped face, well painted pale blue eyes, one stroke curved eyebrows, separately molded upper and lower eyelids with black eyeliner one top lid and a parallel red line above that one. The cheeks have a smooth even blush and the mouth is in a tight- lipped pursed position with the hint of a smile. The elaborate coiffure is elegantly styled arranging obviously very long hair into a well -organized grouping of braided vertical curls pulled back and framing the face with ears totally covered, all gathered up and just to the neckline in back of the head. The body is a ( very heavy ) antique stuffed muslin covered one with long white porcelain arms and thick heavy porcelain lower legs with molded white stockings with brown painted “ribbon “ bows acting as garters, and also long white painted stockings with molded and painted brown boots with slight raised heel. There is an old repair at the ankle area of the left foot but well done, apparently a long time ago. The two -piece dark brown and red embroidered wool costume is antique if indeed not original. At the collar and sleeve edges are white crocheted fancy trim. On front of chest plate there is a black speck ( kiln dust particle ) fired in during the manufacture but this is not a later damage and is totally obscured with clothing in place. For the advanced and sophisticated collector of so-called “ china dolls “, seldom found, and in a impressive size yet not “ too big and/or clumsy “ to easily exhibit!…………………………US$ 1,375. 

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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$ 1,375. 

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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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 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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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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