EARLY DOLLS II

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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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Stylish late 1870s German glazed porcelain shoulder head doll with slight pink tint, rosy cheeks, blue painted eyes with black curved eyeliner on upper lid with a similar red curved line above that, a center part hairdo with heavy three dimensional raised curls framing the face and covering the ears entirely with eleven vertical curl formations encircling the back of the head terminating at the center of the neck. As is normal there are a few color rubs on the black hair but few and not distracting. She is on a very old muslin stuffed body with sewn joints at shoulder, hips, and knees, with original “ oversized “ dark leather arms with big individually stitched fingers, in remarkably good condition considering age and material. The ( once ) pink , somewhat faded one piece off the shoulder dress with thread braid trim on bottom edge is of the period. Undergarments are antique white cotton and linen, and the black knit long stockings are also very old. Any shoes she may have once had are no longer present. A true portrayal of a young girl of her time in history!…………………………….SOLD.

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 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.

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 Lovely 6” ( 15cm ) dollhouse size German glazed porcelain shoulder head doll , circa 1860, on antique muslin stuffed body with sewn joints at hips and knees, and still retaining the original porcelain long arms and legs from knee down with similar legs and black painted flat soled shoes. Facial features are all molded and painted, and the black hair has center part with puffy black clusters of curls covering ears on both sides and hair reaching neckline3 ¾” in back comprising of eight shorter sets of vertical curls. Clothing is a burgundy velvet dress with long pleated skirt, off-the-shoulder neckline and decorated with three horizontal bands of rhinestone and “ jeweled” adornments just below the neck, at the waist, and near the bottom of the skirt. A nice little doll and historically accurate portrayal of a child of her time!……………………….RESERVED.

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 3 ¾” ( 9.5cm ) homemade or folk-art type wooden doll with one piece hand carved head, torso and ( separated legs, with head flat on top, hairstyle with puffy curls covering the ears, a flat face with slight carving of features and the remainder painted , and arms jointed at shoulders. She wears a sleeveless polished satin skirt with high waist band. Exact age and maker unknown but an educated guess would be early Twentieth Century but this hypothesis is not to be construed as a guarantee. Surely the jointed arms have been replaced at some time in her history as they are definitely made of a more modern material but nevertheless an interesting item to populate a more “folky” or even a “tramp -art”-style doll house…………………………..RESERVED.

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