Overview: This is a nice example of a so-called Parian-type doll commonly referred to as Augusta Victoria. She was produced by the German company Alt, Beck and Gottschalk circa 1870’s. Her bisque head has fancy hair, decorated bodice and molded necklace. Her antique cloth body hash leather arms. She wears an aged two-piece lacy gown as well as her original matching unders and striped stockings. Here are the details:
Head: Her molded hair is pulled up on the sides and held in place with a beaded band. She has short bangs, exposed ears, and fancy curls all over. Her shoulderplate is decorated to resemble a blouse with molded gathers, painted blue banding and a ruffled collar. She has a molded and painted necklace with black cross pendant. Her ears are pierced directly into her head and I believe her earrings are original. Signs of Wear: A teensy paint flake on the highpoint of one curl. Factory Imperfections: All I can find to report is one speckle on her shoulderplate – very fine quality of bisque and painting.
Body: Her antique cloth body is stitch jointed. Her arms have cloth uppers and leather lower arms. Her tall original stockings are sewn onto her legs.
Clothing: She wears an aged two-piece layered gown that is entirely hand-stitched. It consists of three layers – a lacy overlay, a peachy-pink chiffon lining, and a netted underskirt. The gown has blue and white beading around the neckline and sleeve ends. The lace edge needs a little mending in front and the chiffon underskirt is worn along the hemline. Underneath, she wears her original three-piece matching unders which consists of chemise, half-slip and pantaloons. These are in excellent aged condition. Finally, she wears over-the-knee striped stockings that are sewn onto her legs. These have holes on the toes, but I love them.