This 3 inch tall china shoulder, circa the 1850s, was manufactured in Germany by Kestner. The doll has painted facial features and a solid dome china shoulder head. The doll retains her fabulous original human hair wig in original set. The doll is 9 inches in total height and appears to have been created as a pin cushion. She has a cloth body and lower china limbs. I believe that the doll is completely original with her original hat and dress. The black costume includes a beautifully detailed and embroidered white cotton apron. The doll is in excellent sturdy condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs. This is a perfectly beautiful doll in cabinet size.
Rare, early wax about paper mache Bebe by Schmitt & Fils. This is an advanced collector doll with an important early place in the development of the French bebe. I found her on a buying trip in Europe from a Parisian dealer. This is the forerunner of the highly valued round face bisque doll of this company circa 1880. She has an 8 ball-jointed body with straight wrists. Her bright very expressive blue glass paperweight eyes are inset.Marks: the body has the Schmitt & Fils stamp on the bottom of her characteristically square-edged derriereClothing: She wears an antique dress trimmed in lace, which was described as original by the Parisian doll dealer I purchased her from. It is appropriate to the doll and the period. Handmade antique socks and shoes that are mismatched but similar (as shown).Condition: some wear and marks to her head and body that are usual for these early attempts at unbreakable (incassable) dolls, but overall good condition for her age and rarity.