I hate the flowery hyperbole that often is in these auctions. Therefore, just a simple description. As usual, please examine pictures closely.Up for sale is a uncommon doll--the top of the line for Sear's Roebuck in the early 1900s. What makes this rare is the height. Apparently they weren't advertised in this size but clearly existed. See Jan Foulke's discussion below.
Shoulder head stamped A11M made in Germany. There is a questionable hairline on the right side of the forehead. It is hard to see, even when back lit. It does not show when back lit from outside looking in.
(very hard to get good picture). Her wig is a blonde synthetic mohair. Her antique original sleep eyes are blue glass. She has a dimple on her chin. Her ears are not pierced.
The attachment looks original to me. What makes me hesitate to call it the original is the description below.
Also there aren't any real eyelashes. This is in excellent condition. It doesn't have any repairs on the leather. It has the paper label of "Dainty Dorothy" on the chest.
As described below, it has the patented rotating shoulder joint, the described riveted elbows, hips, knees and composition lower arms and legs. There is a crack in the glaze on the right thumb. The left thumb appears to have a repair.
I do have pictures but ran out of space. She wears faux suede leather strap shoes with a bow. She has antique black and white stiped cotton sock. All her underwear is antique, though mismatched.She has a long chemise, half slip edged in lace, and panties with lovely pleats. Her dress is not an antique. It is white cotton, very well made. It closes with snaps in the back, with non functional buttons covering them. There is a lace trimmed yoke insert, lace trimmed sleeves, sating lace around the bottom of the skirt. Vintage silk pink and black flowers adorn the front The antique hat is incredible. It is in excellent condition. It ties with a wide silk ribbon. It has silk black and pink flowers on it. It feels like a very stiff starched crochet, lined with black material. Below is from Doll Reader Magazine Jan Foulke question and answer column July 2019.
In the United States and Eaton Co. In Canada from about 1910 to 1930. In the 1912 Sears catalog, they were described as, Our very finest quality kid body dolls, ready for dressing, with most beautiful and perfect bisque heads. Finest possible quality hand-curled mohair wig, all sewn on net foundation, parted and ribbon tied.
The bisque shoulder heads featured sleeping eyes with real upper eyelashes and an open mouth with four upper teeth. The kid bodies were rivet-jointed at elbows, hips, and knees. This was a deluxe feature and made a much more durable and maneuverable body than a mere gusseted body would offer. A special feature was the patented shoulder joint that could swivel.
Sears noted the bodies were beautifully proportioned with perfect flesh-tinted papier-mâché forearms and lower limbs (though some have been found with original bisque lower arms). The dolls were not dressed, but they came with openwork lace stockings and tie-shoes with toe ornaments. Each had an oval paper Dainty Dorothy sticker on the front torso.
They were Sears most expensive dolls. Though these prices sound cheap to us, at the time they were expensive, especially considering that the dolls were not dressed. In measuring a collection of 37 Dainty Dorothy dolls, we found some variation in sizes as would be expected, but no dolls smaller than 18 inches.
However, we were surprised to find three that were definitely 30-inch dolls, though that size was not mentioned in any of the advertising that we found. None of the original advertisements identified the maker of the dolls, but they did indicate that the dolls were imported. In our group of 37 dolls, we identified four German factories which produced heads for the Dainty Dorothy dolls.
None of these molds are exclusive to Dainty Dorothy, and all of them are shoulder head model. The Simon & Halbig porcelain factory of Grafenhain used mold number 1080, which is a shoulder head version of its popular 1079 head its an appealing, almost smiling dolly face with pierced ears. Of the collection of 37, eight were made by S&H. The Gebruder Heubach porcelain factory of Licht and Sonneberg used mold number 10633, an attractive model with almost a character look, with a long solemn face, chubby cheeks, and wide spread teeth. Nine of the 37 in our group were made by Heubach.
Kestner porcelain and doll factory in Ohrdruf and Waltershausen used mold 154, a popular model and very high quality. The Kestner dolls have an additional Kestner Kid Dolls line on the label. Five of our 37 were made by JDK. Armand Marseille, a porcelain and doll factory in Koppelsdorf, used mold 370, its most commonly found model. Of the 37, 15 were made by A.PLEASE ASK IF YOU WANT MORE PHOTOS OF AN AREA. I will try with my limited photography skills. THIS IS A HEAVY DOLL.
Box plus doll, without packaging weighs about 6 pounds. The synthetic mohair wigs cannot be combined with anything other than the other new SM wigs, and the straw flowers that are listed. Many of these have been put together with parts bought separately over years.
I describe to the best of my ability. FOR PACKING I USE CLEAN PLASTICS THAT CAN BE RECYCLED, NOT NEW PACKING MATERIALS. THE BOX/PACKING MAY NOT LOOK PRETTY BUT THE CONTENTS WILL BE SECURE. THESE MATERIALS MAY BE PLASTIC MILK CARTONS, NEWSPAPERM EMPTY FOOD PACKAGES, ETC. THE HEAD IS WRAPPED IN EITHER NEW OR USED BUBBLE WRAP.
The item "ANTIQUE GERMAN BISQUE RARE ARMAND MARSEILLE 30 DAINTY DOROTHY JOINTED LIMBS" is in sale since Tuesday, July 13, 2021. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Antique (Pre-1930)\Bisque\German". The seller is "emzeemd" and is located in Woodbridge, Connecticut. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.