Rare found of early English antique wax shoulder head doll which has been passed down over generations from the same family until she come in the hands of a friend and in mine as well !
The great granddaughter of the original owner provided a friend of mine with the doll's fascinating history dating back to the 1860's.
The doll originally belonged to her great Grandmother as a child , her name was Clarissa-Blanche and she was born in 1866 . We are happy that we could included copied photos of Clarissa as an 8 or 9 years old child with her mother. The second photo was Clarissa with her baby sister taken around 1875 (her sister was born in 1874).
The lovely wax doll wears the beautifully made fine blue silk outfit which was made from Clarissa's mother's wedding dress (she was married in 1864).
The doll was preserved all the many years in a lovely green paper color covered box
About the lovely doll ......she is 19" in height and has the most beautiful lidded blue glass eyes, inset rooted human hair with head turned slightly to the left. Has closed mouth and is on her original cloth body with it's tiny narrow waist and poured wax lower arms and legs.
Her original body is in generally excellent condition , there's just a reinforced wax repair to one arm which are not disturbing and well done !
The outfit is stunning, complete with full length skirt, fitted jacket and matching cape, trimmed lace, fabric and velvet hat, multi layers of undergarments and exquisite leather buckle boots.
The fine silk at the bodice has some wear and the skirt's "hook and eye fastener" has the "eye" detached but is present in the bottom of the box.
The boots originally had cube type heels but one heel is now missing. b>
Doll is overall in remarkable condition for her many years having been carefully stored in her wood and carded box for over 150 years.
Very beautiful doll with rare familie history and provenance , she comes with the copies of the photos from Clarissa and her familie to the new owner so that her history can be enjoyed by future generations.
What a treasure for each antique doll collection .... special rare found .......
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