I am in the possession of a doll of some antiquity.
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Since this is hardly my territory, I have not really been successful in figuring out the aproximate value of it.
What I believe I have figured out, is that it was made between 1860-1870, in England.
Thats about it.
It has been very hard to find pictures of other similar dolls from that same era, that I can compare my doll to.
I would like to figure out where it was produced, and what the estimated price at an auction would be.
I have attached links to 9 pictures of it, showing different details.
Layers of clothes
Handkerchief in pocket!
Because they are detailed, I haven't been sparce with their size...
The Doll is 14" tall from head to toe.
The quality of the doll is not in mint condition, but all parts are there, no changes has been made. No repair, no fix-up. The things that make it
less than mint, is for instance the metal thread-broidery on the arms are somewhat loosened over the years. (everything is still there). And the hat
has been damaged due to wear and tear. Including some degree of fading of the colour of the outer dress, due to sun.
Fine cotton and silk tend to wear down over the centuries
I think it is very nice, and amazingly detailed with silk-broidery, multiple layers of handsewn cotton and flanellclothing. The lady even wears long
The china porcelain face has not a single "wrinkle" to it yet.
She has still got her small handkerchief in a pocket under her top dress.
The head is china painted. What I find peculiar, is that she has a very asian-looking face, compared to other dolls of the time, which looks much more
lustrous/plum/obese, whatever you'd like to call it...
The body is made of cloth.
The hands are of leather, and the shoes too. The hands still has it's fingers and the shoes has it's laces. the shoes seems to consist of three
separate parts, made to be... ...a shoe. Impressive handcraft.
If someone could give me an input on what kind of dress this is, that would also be much appreciated. Is it a folk- or sunday-dress or is it free
design of patterns, colourization and alike...