Here is the dear early girl I bought last week on line, in appalling condition but too interesting to pass up. I have collected over 60 years and have only seen this head style four times I believe and one of those may have been the same doll, so perhaps just three times. Her hand sewn cotton twill body appears original except one replaced arm. I fashioned an under dress for her out of an old one thin as gauze and with shredded sleeves which I hemmed away. I will find or make drawers by and by.
She is now in a Rachael Kinnison dress and has some of my beads draped over her shoulders until I can get some for her.
I have seen her with glass eyes as well as painted. A glass eyed example was in the Merritt Museum. Can anyone else add something about this head mold?
I love all dolls with the simple covered wagon hairstyle. I believe this one may date in the 1840's.
Another uncommon papier mache is this Motschmann type with a great snood hair style. I would date her about 1860. There is no residue or sign she was ever waxed though many of this style were. This doll also wears a dress made by Rachael. Although she has a snubbed nose and other wear, I have chosen to leave her as she is.
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