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19.5" ABG China Doll, Marked 1214

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This China doll was made by Alt, Beck and Gottschalk, circa 1880. Her shoulderhead is perfect, and her antique cloth body has china limbs. She wears an old jacket and skirt and a nice matched set of unders. I found a hand-written note pinned to her, stating that her unders are original, and I do believe they are. She is marked 1214. Here are the details:

Head: Her glazed porcelain shoulder-head has no damage. She has a very round face and was intended to represent a child. She has an interesting hairstyle with many rows of rolled curls across the top of her head. Her shoulder-plate has some slight anatomical detailing. She is marked along the rear shoulder-plate with her mold number, 1214, and some other illegible markings. Factory Imperfections: a paint smudge in one eyebrow and a short firing split at the edge of the shoulderplate - no speckling or pitting. Signs of Wear: She has wear to the top of her curls - no rubbing on her face.

Body: Her antique cloth body is very firmly stuffed. She has china limbs. The glaze does not quite reach to the top on her limbs and one hand has a factory imperfection on the under-side. Her body is in excellent aged condition with no sagging, patches or repairs.

Clothes: She wears an old brocade jacket and silk taffeta skirt. The skirt has a few holes. Underneath, she wears a very nice set of unders - a half-slip and pantaloons with matching tucks and matching crocheted lace. She also has a camisole that was sewn-on. I removed the stitching for her photos. Her unders fit perfectly and are of the correct time period. I do not doubt that they are original to this doll.