OVERVIEW: This amazing earlier French Fashion lady has a unique face. Her bisque is perfect and her original French kid body is very firm. She is wearing an exquisite multi-layered aged costume, and retains her original wig. Layaway is always an option, but please contact me prior to purchase to discuss terms. Here are her details:
HEAD: Her bisque head and shoulderplate are perfect with no damage. She is circa 1865 - 70 and has a unique earlier face – so small and round with a decidedly pointed chin (see the side view pic). She has gorgeous enamel cobalt threaded eyes and her ears are pierced directly into her head. She is perfectly painted with narrow feathered brows, neat lashes and outlined pursed lips. She is marked 1 at the rear rim and on the right shoulder. She retains her original dark blond human hair wig and her cork pate. Her hair has curls along the sides and a bun low on her neck. Factory Imperfections: an inconspicuous then red mark under her chin where some color collected in the firing process. Signs of Wear: none!
BODY: Her original French kid body is fully gusseted with individually stitched fingers and toes. It is in the Jumeau style with a V-shaped double-stitched seams. (Please note that Jumeau did not produce his own porcelain heads until 1872 and this doll predates that period.) There are some tiny round patches on the arms, otherwise, this body is in amazing condition – very strong, clean and firm.
CLOTHES: She is wearing a really gorgeous aged costume. I think her gown was originally violet with darker violet trim and these colors are still seen on the inside. Over the years, her gown has faded to an attractive gold color. Her two-piece gown is tagged Bee Wakeman, and she was obviously an amazing seamstress. Her gown is perfectly form-fitted with released pleats, covered buttons, and beautiful wide lace. She has a charming matching bonnet, generously decorated with flowers. Underneath, she wears a four-piece matched underwear set of chemise, two half-slips and pantaloons, all with matching fabric and lace. These appear to be antique, but they could possibly have been made long ago by the same talented seamstress – I am not sure. She also wears lacy knit stockings and violet side-button leather boots.