This Papier Mache doll was likely created in the Sonneberg region of Germany circa 1870â€™s. Her shoulder-head is in excellent condition. Her antique cloth body is probably home-made for her. She is wearing a nice antique dress and apron, unders, shoes and stockings. Layaway is always an option, but please contact me prior to purchase to discuss terms. Here are the details:
Head: Her Papier Mache shoulderhead is in excellent condition. Examination with a blacklight reveals no repainting or repairs. There is no cracking or crazing, just normal paint wear. She is marked with a label reading: Indestructible Heads / G.L. No 6 / Superior. Many Sonneberg makers marked their Papier Mache dolls with Indestructible and Superior, including Dressel, Mueller and Strassburger, and Fleischmann and Cramer, but in this case, the G.L probably refers to G. Liedel.
Body: Her antique body is certainly old enough to be original to her. It is likely home-made, with her huge hips and sturdy hands.
Clothes: She wears an antique cotton print dress of the period. The dress has age darkening and some small stains, but it has no damage and displays very well for the age. Over this, she wears a nice old cotton print apron with a hand embroidered pattern near the hem. Underneath, she wears an antique slip (some tears) and old bloomers. She has tall black wool stockings and antique silk slippers with big bows.