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 Beautiful 19” ( 48cm ) tall German glazed porcelain shoulder head doll, circa mid-1850s, thought to be from the firm of Kloster Veildorf, having a so-called “ Covered Wagon “-style hair arrangement with deep center part from which emits wave on top accentuated with well modeled deep “ comb mark “ and drawing the longer hair back behind the exposed ears into a series of twelve tightly bound vertical curls which terminate at the neckline. She has a definite smiling expression with red painted lips, a slightly pointed nose, very rosy overall patina with darked rouged cheeks, and her most important and impressive attributes are her rarer brown eyes accented by three- dimensional modeled eye sockets, a black eyeliner on upper lids as well as a red line above the black, AND Lower Painted Lashes, not typical, thus giving her that extra special component of rarity and desirability. The antique realistically constructed muslin covered stuffed body has a more detailed “ lady -like “ formation with narrow waist, slightly wider hips, sewn joints at elbow, hips and knees, and well made leather forearms with individually stitched fingers. As the arms are in such exquisite condition it might be assumed they are later replacements but, do to her age, this is more typical than not since the leather forearms are likely “ first- to- go “ so one unfortunately has come to expect that it is rare to find near perfect original arms even when the remainder of the doll has been well cared for. She wears all antique layered white cotton and linen undergarments, antique brown leather shoes with pink silk ribbon ties, a wonderful cotton pint dress with “ corset-like “ design above to the narrow waist, a silk print blouse with long sleeves, and best of all, giving a distinct uplifting to the skirt, an antique wire and linen three ring hoop fixture making her costume all the more consistent with the period this doll is made to represent. Much of the inner clothing adheres very tightly to the body so we have shown what we can of the body to point that does not further risk damage to either body nor the clothing. This model is always of our favorites from this time and style, and this particular example should be “ high-on-the list “ to be appreciated, and not be overlooked!…………….SOLD.

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 17” ( 44cm ) German glazed porcelain shoulder head doll circa late 1850s-early 1860s in so-called “ Covered Wagon “-style characterized by a center part hairstyle with waves framing the face while covering the ears with twelve gathered shoulder-length vertical curls . She has a closed mouth with a determined look, a red highlighted mouth, nostrils, inner eye corners, and a red accent line above both eyes on upper lids with a parallel black line just below. She is on an old muslin covered firmly stuffed body with white porcelain lower arms with well modeled fingers, and has been appropriately costumed in a fitted tight waist gold silk blouse trimmed in tiny lace and embroidered flowers with a well- coordinated ankle length pleated skirt with lacy overskirt and cloth flowers. Undergarments are all old and white leather slippers extremely well- constructed but may not be as old as the doll. Clothes are too tightly affixed to the body that to remove to show body is not worth the risk. The potential buyer must have faith we are describing as best as the situation allows and the body and arms are indeed in very good condition. ……………………………….US$ 395. 

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16” ( 41cm ) German glazed porcelain shoulder head girl circa 1950s-60s with beguiling expression and a model not as frequently found as many others produced in this mid-19th Century period. The head has a thick heavy paste texture and is beautifully painted and modeled with a series of tight bunches of curls framing the face and another series of short vertical curls covering the ears and entire back of head ending just at the mid-neckline. The body is original and constructed of heavy stuffing covered in muslin with sewn joints at elbows, hips, and knees with wonderfully designed long white porcelain arms with delicately modeled fingers, and well as long porcelain legs beginning at the knees with pink decorated garters, long white stockings, and black molded and painted slippers with flat soles and lacing on insides of each shoe. The head is in excellent condition and although the china arms and legs are original and realistically constructed, there are some old hairlines on both legs and top of right arm. Nonetheless they barely show with clothing in place. The clothing is simple but original with a white cotton narrow waist off-the shoulder dress, antique slip and long pantaloons edged in delicate lace. Adding to her charm is a coral- colored tiny bead necklace. US$ 375. 

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 Charming 16” ( 41cm ) 1880s era German wax-over-papier-mache shoulder head doll with blue glass sleep eyes, a closed mouth with slight fretful expression, head mounted to the original muslin covered stuffed body with nice white kid forearms with individually stitched fingers. There are sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees which allow her to be seated if desired. Tied to her solid dome head is the original brown human hair wig still retaining all its long “ sausage “curls with one on right side of head tied with an antique silk ribbon. The simple period clothing appears likely to be original and consists of a one piece gauzy muslin dress in an “ off- the- shoulder” style, high narrow waist, and silk ribbon bows at ends of both sleeves. Underwear consists of two full cotton slips, the outer slightly longer than the inner, with a third “onesie “ clinging to the body all the way to the knees. She has no socks nor shoes. Around her neck she still retains her period small red glass bead necklace. Overall condition is very good considering age and type with a few typical crazes to outer wax primarily above the eyes. Simple but sweet and all original!……………………………………….US$ 395.

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 Charming 24” ( 62cm ) German wax-over-papier -mache shoulder head doll with glass eyes, molded yellow hair with blue headband in the generic style referred to as the “ Alice”-type that was represented in dolls made in a variety of materials including china, parian, papier-mache and perhaps most desirable the“ Motschmann”- style porcelain dolls. This sweet 1860s era doll has a muslin covered stuffed body with sewn joints at shoulders and hips, composition lower legs, and heavily wax coated composition lower arms in similar manner as the head. In additional to antique undergarments, she wears a dark blue cotton print period dress whose coloring helps accentuate the blue in the molded head band. The glass eyes are not sleeping at this time but most likely did originally. As we have not attempted ( nor will do so ) remove the head, we cannot say definitively whether the eyes have been reset in the stationary position or, if the eyes can indeed still sleep but the head cavity has been stuffed from the bottom up. Regardless she is in relatively good condition for a doll of this age and these materials!…………….US$ 395. 

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Very pretty 19” ( 48cm ) German parian shoulder head doll, circa 1870, with curly blond upswept hairstyle with curly banana curls on top of head extending down and back just above the neckline with a long braid encircling the entire neck in back and gathered in front continuing the framing of the face but leaving the ears exposed. The earlobes are pierced with a single faux diamond earring inserted in both ears and into the head. Her facial features are entirely painted with blue eyes, pale complexion and rouged cheeks for contrast. Her shoulder plate from the nape of the neck down are molded to simulate a multidimensional blouse with a pierced hole in center of neckline and another faux jewel inserted to affect the impression of a necklace. The head is mounted to an antique cloth body with brown leather arms and outlined “ fingers “ with brown leather boots and red silk stockings an integral part of the body from knees downward. She wears an antique white cotton print dress with narrow waist, and shawl-like attached top of the same material with antique white cotton undergarments. The modeling of the elaborate coiffure and “ jeweled ” earrings and necklace highlight the complexity that went into making this elaborate and somewhat different mold ……………….US$ 695. 

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 19″ ( 48 cm ) extremely nice Simon-Halbig shoulder head doll incised ( very faintly ) on center front shoulder edge “ S 7 H “ and having a intricate coiffure of café-au lait hair pulled tightly back from the forehead behind the ears into shoulder length wavy curls and held in place by a molded and black painted head band. She has pierced-in earlobes with pink drop earrings, molded and painted facial features with that easily recognized S&H slight smile, pale blue eyes, and black upper eyeliner with red parallel curved line above. The body is also original, easily identifiable as Simon Halbig as it is firmly stuffed muslin covered with sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees, with exquisitely detailed modeling of the long bisque forearms and hands, and also typical S&H chubby parian legs with painted white stockings and black modeled and painted side- button boots with heels. ( There is an old repair on top of right leg but covered by a piece of cloth so not visible). The costume could be all original or at least of the period with a pleated cotton print blouse, well- coordinated cotton skirt with “ Greek Key “ border trim, and antique undergarments. As an extra bonus she has a brass watch on left wrist. A very pretty desirable doll in excellent condition!….US$ 795.