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 All original German parian/decorated bisque shoulder head doll, circa late 1860s-early 1870s, with blond molded and painted hair with center part and hair neatly gathered into a neat series of curls framing the face in front, covering only the tops of the ears on the sides, and resting at the top of the neckline in back. Modeling sculpture impressive as one can see each comb mark distinctly as well as each individual curl. The body is firm stuffed muslin with sewn joints at shoulders, hips, and knees, and contrary to the norm long white porcelain arms in excellent condition. The detail paid to the various aspects of the regional tradition costume is most impressive at each level with sewn-on cotton undergarments, long stockings heels at the knee with green velvet garters, a brown leather belts and glued-on tiny brown leather slipper shoes with brass buckles still intact! All clothing is sewn on so impossible to show the body, but we can assure it in as good a conditional as possible for a doll at least 170+ years old. Not to be overlooked as all original dolls in near-mint conditions are harder and harder to find with each passing day!!! ………….US$ 475. 

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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 ……………….SOLD.