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Object Name Doll
Date ca. 1860s-1870s
Description Woman doll. Glazed porcelain head with molded and painted features and black hair. Cloth body has kid arms with gusseted elbows. The hands have separate stitched fingers with an applied thumb. Wearing original chemise and petticoat; dress is of the period but is not original to this doll. Overall height is 25 inches.
Acquisition Gift of Theodore Geissel
Ownership and History This style of doll, often referred to as a china head doll, was first produced around 1840, and continued to enjoy popularity on into the 1940s. These glazed porcelain heads were often sold simply as heads without a body, and the consumer would either purchase or make a body. The maker of this doll is unknown, but glazed porcelain heads were primarily produced in Germany.

The dress she is wearing is a simple style that more closely resembles clothing worn by young girls rather than women. The fabric used in the dress, with a small pink print on pink ground, was popular from the 1850s into the 1880s.
Earliest Date 1850
Latest Date 1880
Subjects Dolls
Lexicon Sub-category Toy
Catalog Number T03.0132
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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