Thursday, November 12, 2015
My doll repair work has been on hold for a week or so while I completed two paintings for the holiday display at my husband's store. I'll share them in another post. I have been watching and bidding on eBay and I won this antique 1850-ish papier mache head with exposed ears and glass eyes. She is GORGEOUS!
As I have grown older, I have come to love the earlier dolls, especially any made of papier mache. According to the dictionary, papier mache is a malleable mixture of paper and glue, or paper, flour, and water, that becomes hard when dry. Ludwig Greiner, of course, was the king of the papier mache doll makers. There were many other makers, some who marked their dolls with paper tags (like Greiner and Superior), most of which have long since been lost. Many were never marked. I think this beautiful lady is a Greiner, but I will have to do some research to prove it since she has no tag or residue of one having been on her back plate.
Her dimensions are 7 inches tall, with a shoulder spread of 7 inches as well.