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The bodice bottom
is hemmed with
mid-20th century
wide black lace.

to one who had an uncommon shoulder-head. At the
seller's invitation, I sat down and examined her more
closely. She had brown eyes, an early cloth body, white
kid leather arms, and a two-piece brown dress with
antique cream lace, and what appeared to be black mid20th century dressmaker's hemming lace at the bottom
edge of her bodice, which was outside of the skirt.
Needless to say, I brought home this delightful doll, even
though she was priced higher than any doll I had bought
before then.
At home with my new purchase, I opened my copy
of Mary Krombholz' book, A Pictorial Reference Guide for
German Chinas, and discovered that my doll was made
by the Kloster Veilsdorf Porcelain Factory, probably in
the early 1850s. (A similar doll is pictured on page 125
of this book.) Her shoulder head is 6-inches tall with
four sew holes, and she has a deeply sloped shoulder

Abigail's cotton body is original with narrow cloth
feet, and white leather arms. The date, "1864" is
visible on her lower torso.

plate. She has brown eyes with white highlights on the
upper right side, well defined upper and lower eyelids,
and lower painted brown lashes. Her eyebrows are wide
with black and brown brush strokes. Her black hair has
a wide unpainted center part with curls on her forehead,
tight curls around the back of her neck, and smooth comb
marks on the top of her head. She has rosy cheeks, deeply
painted lips, and nostril circles.
My doll has a cloth body, straw-stuffed by the feel of
it, with cloth "ballerina" feet, meaning that her old-style
cloth feet are narrow and pointed at the toes. Her white
leather arms have individually sewn fingers. The body
is machine stitched with hand mended feet. The main
body is made in two sections with hips gathered to the
waist in back. Her total height is 23-inches. The date
"1864" is marked in pencil on both the front and back
side of her hips.
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