Here for your buying pleasure is an adorable Konig & Wernicke toddler doll. Circa 1912 on.
The Konig & Wernicke doll factory resided in Waltershausen, Thuringia, Germany. Their heads were supplied by Hertel Schwab and Bahr & Proschild. They generally made character babies and toddlers. The dolls they produced were excellent quality! And this little 12-inch character toddler is no exception! She is darling and entirely all original!
She is what is called by collectors/dealers a "painted bisque", meaning that the head is a molded bisque head, but instead of having her features painted onto the face, the entire head was painted a flesh tone. Then the eyebrows and mouth were painted on after this. One common model we find painted in this manner is the "Just Me" doll. These dolls can be found in fired bisque and painted bisque. Manufacturer's at that time were attempting to create a more "realistic" looking child face for their dolls. And this type was one of their experimental ideas.
The Konig & Wernicke girl is in excellent original condition! Retaining all of her facial paint. She has a perfect bisque head, an open mouth with two upper teeth, sleeping brown glass eyes with long original lashes and lid paint, and she wears her original brown braided mohair wig. She is marked to the back of her head with an incised K&W in a circle with the number 1 under that marking.
She is on her original magnificent toddler body! Barely a mark on it, and it is wonderful to find dolls in this way! Her toddler body is the six ball type, having slanted jointing at the thighs. Original paint with red nail delineation still present at her fingernails. I took a photo of the bottom of the body and her hands for you to view, but her clothing is still sewn on so I really don't want to open that up and remove them, as they have never been removed.
She wears her original darling little Regional costume made in black cotton for the skirt, black velvet at the bodice with silver double-breasted buttons, white puffed sleeves, a red felt collar with braid for the trim, and a sweet red cotton apron. Her hat is original and is constructed of heavy brocade to the back and black cotton string ties. Her socks are in off-white cotton material with her little black oilcloth laced shoes, with the number 1, marked at the bottom of the soles.
What a great little addition she would be to any doll collection! These character dolls are not too often found in the painted bisque, and especially all original!
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