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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…………… US$ 875. ( about half that of a similar one in near perfect condition!) 

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 It is always a treat to find something rare but to find something that encompasses many qualities of rarity AND desirability all-in-one is just a “ one- in- a- blue moon” experience. This little fellow ( 7 ½”, 19cm ) tall has a thin eggshell-like composition head in distinct “ Mottschmann “ style with glass inset pupiless eyes with fixed neck on hard plaster-like composition torso with gauze covered midsection and similarly constructed one piece solid hips, legs ( decorated as if covered by trousers with black molded and painted shoes ), AND most importantly, the wide brimmed hat sitting on his head is attached as an integral part of the head structure. He wears a simple textured cloth shirt with big pointed collar and dark blue wool waistcoat. If you think we are done think again- inside the middle is a squeak box that elicits a sound when bottom legs and torso pressed together! AND he is small and indeed “ cabinet size” and in overall excellent condition for an 1860s era item that appeals to collectors of “ hatted dolls “, “ Motchmann “ dolls, “squeak toys”, and a host of other categories many collectors hope to find all wrapped up in one!!! US$ 595. 

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Exceptionally pretty 19” ( 48cm ) German parian shoulder head doll representing a very young lady/slightly older child with very pale complexion, well molded and painted facial features, very yellowy blond hairstyle with slight part in center at forehead with thick wavy tight curls framing the face and held in place with a black painted and enameled hair band edged with copper luster, molded and painted drop earring again made entirely of copper luster finish, and a single narrow black painted necklace with a copper luster edged cross dangling from it. The body is antique stuffed muslin with sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees, and well-made long bisque forearms from elbow down with delineated fingers. She is simply but beautifully dressed in an off-the shoulder red wool dress with feather stitching trim, puffy transparent white sleeves with embroidered trim at end of sleeves, antique underwear and socks, and very nice antique black canvas slippers with brass buckles. Glued to the back of the shoulder there is a handwritten note with detailing provenance of original owner and subsequent owner thereafter. Although interesting and stating it was sold originally in 1871 (a possible probability ) it mentions this was a “ French doll “ which by now we all are aware is not the case. ………………………………………………….US$ 1,150. 

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 Rare and all original 14” ( 35cm ) papier-mache shoulder head doll in the “ milliner’s model “-type presentation form as being on a narrow waist leather body with long wooden arms with “spoon”-like hands, and similarly constructed wooden legs with flat feet. Traditionally these feet have a painted edge and sole to simulate shoes; this one may have them too but are covered by elaborately sewn -on shoes and stockings obscuring the confirmation of any fact. The wonderfully regional sewn-on costume with head covering is entirely original and country/region this represents is not specifically known but educated guesses would assume perhaps from one in southeastern Europe from a Balkan country with the possibility of extending into the Anatolian -lower Caucasus territories. If anyway has a projection he/she feels is even close to 100% certain we would welcome any such clarifying knowledge/advice. The hairstyle under the headgear is a somewhat modified version of the better known “ covered -wagon” but with hair totally covering the ears. To better acknowledge the gender of this obviously dressed male figure there is a pencil-like mustache painted along the upper lip. Overall in excellent condition other than a slight looseness at the knee joint where the torso meets the upper wooden leg. Based on hair style one would assume this doll is from the very late 1840s to early 1850s….US$ 975. 

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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 )! US$ 1,050.

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Good quality 21” ( 54 cm ) glazed porcelain shoulder head doll, circa 1860, with pleasant slightly smiling expression, very well modeled with center- part hairstyle , tight curls framing the face, and many tight vertical curls surrounding the head in back stopping just at the top of the neckline. She is on an antique muslin stuffed body with sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees, with brown leather arms with separately stitched fingers ( somewhat worn and with some repairs, especially to the left hand). The green calico dress appears to be of the period of the doll with undergarments and socks made all of antique fabrics. Whatever shoes she once had have long ago gone been lost but the quality of the head and the slight difference in the modeling and expression of the face make her the perfect choice to be seated in a period chair as either another doll and/or a decorative object for a room whose furnishings/accessories are of the same theme/period………………US$ 295. 

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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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 Classic 23” ( 58cm ) papier-mache shoulder head doll with intact paper label on back center shoulder reading “ GREINERS IMPROVED PATENT HEADS Pat. March 30th ‘58”, with molded and painted features , hairstyle with center part and hair gathered and tucked behind the ears, curls framing the face, and eight shoulder length vertical curls in back ( some typical paint rubs ). Condition overall good with mostly original finish other than some good repaint/reconstruction to nose tip and below right eye. The body is heavy stuffed muslin covered with sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees. The forearms are brown leather covered with individually stitched fingers. Costume appears of the period ( circa 1860 ) with “ off the shoulder “ neckline, high tight waist and flowing pleated skirt in two color horizontally striped linen with black lace covering arms where muslin meets leather arms. Underclothing is old white cotton with black knit stockings and nicely made but newer black leather slippers……………………………………US$ 525. 

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