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E a r l y   D o l l s

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Alt Beck and Gottschalk Parian

18 1/2"
Blond with Black Molded Ribbon

Shown here is a blond haired parian from Alt Beck and Gottschalk that not only has a head full of molded curls all around and atop her head, but she has the unusual treatment of two rows of black ribbon sculpted through the front, ending in a tiny tied bow. A pale untinted girl with blue painted eyes, rouged cheeks and small rosy mouth, she also has pierced ears and elaborate gold metal and rhinstone earrings.
Her antique cloth body has a sturdy torso, however one of the leather arms has had repair of sawdust leakage at the elbow, done with a patch of leather and silk ribbon wrapped around.  The feet are actually brown leather boots sewn on, and there has been some glued reinforcement on both. This is probably the original body that has traveled with her through thick and thin.  Her two piece gown of antique midnight blue velvet is fashionable, following her lady-like curves and has a long flowing train.

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Wooden / Wax Lady

12 1/2"
Circa 1830-1840

 In the same vein as the German paper mache/wood “Alien Head” dolls, this one has a fully jointed wood body with head and shoulders beautifully covered and decorated with fine  wax. She has an appealing and stately presence and she wears her years very gracefully.
Her porcelain like complexion is softly blushed on the cheeks and she has finely painted features, with the ages having caused some surface cracks around her face and neck.  Her painted blue eyes are clear and youthful and she has pierced ears with earrings. Her articulated wood body has originally finished and painted forearms and lower legs with black carved slippers.
She wears her original and delicate silk/cotton gown that has an ultra-delicate net over-skirt, whose silhouette depicts her 1830-1840 time of manufacture. Multi-layer undergarments are cotton and antique. Her neatly styled human hair is snugly applied to the head and it is pulled back in a rear bun do. Bonnet is not original, but antique.

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Steiner Type Wax Over Paper Mache

With a Motschman type body that looks like the predecessor to the Steiner Gigoteur body, one can wonder if this wax over paper mache doll (21") could be a very early Steiner.  She also has the French full face, enamel eyes and open mouth with square bamboo teeth that we find on the Steiner bebe and similar long proportions of that French paper mache body, separated with muslin spacers for jointing. And most interesting is that she has two pull strings that say "Mama" from a bellows in her midriff.
Her short, blond mohair attached locks are original and she wears a simple, antique white chemise type dress, antique undergarments, socks and vintage shoes.  There is a darker section of wax around her neck that look like an old repair, however overall, girl is in very good condition for her early birthdate of  around 1870.  Jules Steiner was indeed an innovator and it can be assumed that this is either an inspiration or a product of his factory.

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Tiny Nun

4 1/2"
Late Grodnertal

Serving as a dollhouse doll or maybe even a pin cushion, we have a later wooden Grodnertal in her antique nun's habit that is sewn closed into a soft base at the bottom.  The veil is of a soft, cotton fabric and a frail little "medal" hands from her neck. She does have some damage to her nose and facial paint, but her charm is in her size and presentation.  You can see her wooden arms but it is not known if complete wooden legs are under the skirt as it is stuffed.  You can feel a hard core deep within. 

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 Greiner Type Blond Paper Mache 

Rare Glass Eyes

Already an enchanting early doll, this paper mache of the Greiner type has some rare features that really cause her to  stand out.  Varying from the usual black molded hair, she has blond molded hair with eposed ears and the added detail of a black molded hairband (similar to the Alice hairdo" on the back of the head with short curls spilling below.  In addition, she has pupil-less glass eyes that give her more soul, contrasting with her pale complexion
Her shoulders have surface crazing on the front and back of the plate, and there are some additional signs of age and environment to parts of her face, but overall, the condition is very nice.  She has an antique cloth body with red and white striped stocking attached and she wears brown leather, antique button up boots.  Her leather arms have had restoration work as they main part of the arms are recovered and the original hands have damage to the separately stitched, wired fingers that are reinforced.  Her antique cotton, tiny print prairie dress and antique undergarments with fancy edged pantaloons are excellent and may be original.  

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Rare Paper Mache Squeaker

Seldom seen, early paper mache squeaker(6 1/4") from 1860 Germany with attached hat, and abdominal squeaker that actually works!  The upper and lower body, separated by a muslin spacer, need to be pushed towards each other gently to sound the faint cry.  The chubby face has painted features and the wavy short hair painted brown, while the yellow hat with blue ribbon has some wear at the front and back edges.  The simple muslin chemise is original and the molded yellow boots have black button detail.

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Rare Paper Mache Squeaker Alice Hairdo

A German, paper mache squeaker from approximately 1860 that retains much of her original charm, but her squeaker no longer works due to holes in the muslin spacing fabric between her upper and lower paper mache body.  She has a timely "Alice" molded hairstyle, dark brown painted hair with hairband, a painted feature, chubby face and brown molded bootines.  Her muslin print chemise is worn, but original and the muslin skirt was added later.

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Early Tuck Comb

12 1/2"
Grodnertal Wooden in Box

Reclining in her bent wood container, this endearing Grodnertal wooden doll looks quite comfortable and very well preserved.  She has a yellow painted tuck comb, black hair trimmed with spiraled wisps of bangs around the forehead, an egg shaped head with all her little painted features placed on the bottom half of her face, typical of these early girls.  Only her nose has some restoration and there are only spots of wear to her fair complexion, while she retains her blushed cheeks and pierced earrings.  Her expression is unusually sweet!
Her body is completely of wood, jointed at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, for full articulation, both her lower arms and legs have finished surfaces, and she has the signature cadmium red painted slippers.  Her clothing is completely original to her 1820's time of production, and consists of a sheer, light lavender on white cotton print dress, with highly puffed upper sleeves that made fashion news around this time.  In addition, her delicate muslin cotton slip and pantaloons are original and all clothing is in very nice condition.

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