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Steven-R, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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Just fond in attic a small 12 inches china head doll with

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Hi ! Just fond in attic a small 12 inches china head doll with pierced ears and a very elaborate hairs with a giant bun. CanT find any doll on web wich is like these one and sh's very old with probably hand sew superb dress can you help me ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hi There~
My name is ***** ***** I am here to help with your question.
What is the length or height of the doll?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi, size is 12 inches. Doll is missing half of right arm and half of the right shoe. I am including more pictures, best regards, Yvan

Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hi Yvan,
Thank you for the images.
Please allow me some time to look these over for you.
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hello Yvan,
Could you please send a full length of the dress and the broken pieces as well.
At your convenience.
Thank you,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Here are picture of all the doll's suits and the naked doll in full. Best regards, Yvan

Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hi Yvan,
Perfect - thank you for the images.
Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hi Yvan~
Thank you for your patience.
You have an antique, 19th century, circa 1870, porcelain molded bust doll with hand painted features of brunette hair and blue eyes with original hand sewn dress of linen calico. These were generally made in Germany and the main companies to produce the most of these were Hertwig or Kestner. In current condition, with intact body and original dress, your doll can sell for a high average of $800 - $1200 on today’s market.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Nora,

Before asking expertise on your site i already read on google all the information you give to me. Of course china are from germany but the time frame can be VERY different depending of the doll's hairstyle, the perced earings (my doll have it) and some painting details.

In fact the oldest china dolls can dates from 1840 or before. There where many doll's makers and i am not a doll expert that's why i was hoping to get very much more precise information on this doll.

Expert:  Nora replied 2 years ago.
Hi Yvan,
Your doll dates to the 1870s and not the 1840's. An 1840's doll would have a different shape of face and all kid-leather body. These types of dolls were made through the early 1900's.
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I do hope you find the information that you seek.
Expert:  Steven-R replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is ***** ***** I am pleased to help, but in all candor Nora is correct with her evaluation in my opinion...the companies she noted often simply made the porcelain parts (head, legs, etc.) and then sold them in bulk to other doll retailers, so it is near impossible to fully document a doll like that from that era--if I can do anything specifically to dig deeper for you, please just let me know!

With kind regards,